THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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WETLANDS (2017)

This modern day film-noir I found to be pretty dour and depressing, with good performances.  Acting is good, but the big losers have to be the entire South Jersey shore community.  Wetlands filmed all over the place but the results make the area look like a place no one would want to live.  No wonder when the film was shot, no one was mentioning the plot.  Wetlands will not be used by anyone’s Chamber of Commerce to entice visitors.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is the star and he plays Babs Johnson, a Philly cop before drug addiction and corruption ruins his career.  A year after that bad stuff, he starts over in the fictional “Cape Atlantic.”  He’s a  detective but he picked this area in hopes of reconnecting with ex-wife Savannah (Heather Graham) and their teenaged daughter Amy (Celeste O’Connor). But his daughter doesn’t like him very much and the ex-missus has changed teams, involved with a younger woman who is known only as Surfer Girl (Reyna de Courcy).  As far as the cop stuff goes, AA-A is trying to do some good things for the community, trying to put a dent in the drug trade.  But everyone seems to be getting paid off by the local gangsters or, in the case of his chatty junk-food-eating partner (Christopher McDonald, really good), is heavily in debt because of his gambling problems.  Soon, someone turns up dead,  Babs is the chief suspect and to make life really crazy, there’s a hurricane on the way.  A hurricane, I might add, that doesn’t seem to slow anyone down.

Everyone is just miserable in Wetlands – Jennifer Ehle is really good as the local newscaster (married to McDonald), who’s tired, sad and worried about losing her gig to a younger, fresher bosom .    Well-acted but a downer .  It’s worth a look but I can’t recommend it enthusiastically. 


TLA one word review: tragic

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