Small Crimes (2017)

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A disgraced former cop, fresh off a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder, returns home looking for redemption but winds up trapped in the mess he left behind.

"Small Crimes" is a 2017 independent police procedural directed by Evan Katz and produced by David Lancaster. Co-written by Katz and Macon Blair based on the novel of the same name by Dave Zeltserman, it stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Robert Forster, Gary Cole, Jacki Weaver, and Molly Parker. The dark and complex tale follows a disgraced previous police who has problem with his volatile past upon his release from jail.

Plot Summary
Released from prison after serving time for the attempted murder of the district attorney, previous police Joe Denton (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) wishes to start fresh. His estranged partner and their two children want nothing to do with him, leaving him in the uncomfortable confines of his moms and dads' house. His apparently doting moms and dads (Robert Forster and Jacki Weaver) are deeply clashed around their child's return, with his mom blaming their miseries on him.

Joe's past rapidly reappears as a number of corrupt police officers implicated in his previous case attempt to pull him back into their unclean negotiations. All at once, a dying mob boss, Manny Vassey (Shawn Lawrence), wants him to eliminate the exact same DA he was previously implicated of attempting to murder, Phil Coakley (Michael Kinney). All this turmoil happens under the presence of a suspicious, dedicated parole officer (Molly Parker).

Character Development
Coster-Waldau portrays Joe Denton with an undercurrent of desperation and deceit. In spite of his apparent desire to reform, his duplicated choices suggest otherwise. The line in between victim and villain blurs in his character, making him compelling to watch.

Weaver, as his mother, manifests the suffocating anguish of a moms and dad who can't separate her love from the suffering that her son triggers. Parker adds another nuanced layered efficiency as a parole officer whose empathy often conflicts with her professional judgment.

"Small Crimes" addresses the styles of redemption, corruption, and the effects of past actions. It digs deeply into how previous decisions can irreversibly impact a person's life and how efforts at redemption can end up being muddied when old practices resurface. At the heart of everything is the concern of whether an individual is capable of genuine modification.

Crucial Reception
"Small Crimes" got crucial gratitude for its dark humor, character advancement, and layered storyline. Coster-Waldau's strong performance in a complex function was extensively praised. Critics also kept in mind the movie's proficient handling of the crime genre, providing a fresh viewpoint through the concept of redemption. However, some criticised it for having a bleak tone and doing not have pleasant characters.

In conclusion, "Small Crimes" is a grim and gripping police procedural that concentrates on a male's battle with his past as he spirals much deeper into the dirty world of corruption and violence. The movie excels in its character advancement, providing problematic however deeply human characters immersed in the harshest truths of life, eliciting a sense of compassion from its audience towards its relatively detestable lead character. With superb performances and an interesting plot, it's a film that leaves audiences with thought-provoking questions about redemption and change.

Top Cast

  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (small)
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
    Joe Denton
  • Robert Forster (small)
    Robert Forster
    Joe Denton Sr.
  • Jacki Weaver (small)
    Jacki Weaver
    Irma Denton
  • Molly Parker (small)
    Molly Parker
    Charlotte Boyd
  • Gary Cole (small)
    Gary Cole
    Lieutenant Pleasant
  • Macon Blair (small)
    Macon Blair
  • Michael Kinney
    Phil Coakley
  • Daniela Sandiford (small)
    Daniela Sandiford
    Cara Coakley
  • Shawn Lawrence (small)
    Shawn Lawrence
    Manny Vassey
  • Pat Healy (small)
    Pat Healy
    Junior Vassey
  • Eddie Holland
    Vassey Kid #1