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Monday, May 24, 2010

[4.75/10] Don McKay (2009)


Don McKay (2009)

Short review: "Don McKay" is a low-key, quirky mystery movie by first-time writer/director Jake Goldberger. Thomas Haden Church stars as the title character, an introverted janitor who is summoned back to his hometown by his high-school sweetheart, who is dying of some mysterious sickness. Although "Don McKay" promises big, it offers not one moment of thriller tension and despite the mystery of plot, the script let's it down largely by dragging the the secrets at the core of the story out for too long, thus ultimately losing the impatient viewer. It’s a matter of too much too late and the audience is left feeling cheated that the filmmaker let the characters take their journey alone. In addition, some of the characters are played so over-the-top that they become caricatures. Yes, I'm talking about Elisabeth Shue, who overacts like she plays in soap opera or something. Haden Church is deadpan enough for the title character, but he does look bored sometimes. "Don McKay" never quite catches fire as a thriller and, truth то be told, it's not much of a character study either. It's just a bizarre, pretentious and flatly-executed neo-noir thriller wannabe.

  • My Rating: 4.75/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 45% (4.7/10)
  • IMDb: 6.5/10

5 comments:

DEZMOND said...

Shue has always been a wrong shoe :) But I did like her brother back when I was a teen and watched MELROSE PLACE :)

Nebular said...

Her acting was so artificial and so over-the-top, it made me laugh hard, but I have to admit that she looks great for her age. :) I've watched her before /of course/, but I just don't remember the way she acts. What's her brother's name, Dezz?

DEZMOND said...

Andrew Shue :)

Ricky said...

I still have a bit of a crush on her that goes all the way back to The Karate Kid !

Nebular said...

Karate Kid was a cult hit and we all loved it when we were little, but I have to admit I don't remember neither her nor the character she played in the movie.:) It was a looong time ago....:)