Director: April Mullen
Writers: Tim Doiron
Staring: Aaron Eckhart, Tommy Lee Jones, Katheryn Winnick
Streaming: Amazon Prime
Release Date: December 4, 2020

This movie is a missed opportunity. Aaron Eckhart gives his best work that I have seen since The Dark Knight (2008) (I will admit to not seeing a lot of Eckhart…), but the performance is wasted on a script that is unevenly paced and unsure of what it wants to be.

Arthuer Bretnick (Aaron Eckhart) and Jimmy Cleats (Tommy Lee Jones) are conspiracy theory pals. Bretnick has haunted by some trauma in his past, and naturally as he is hired to do some private investigation work, Bretnick must delve back into his past demons and try and connect many interwoven webs.

The destitute western landscape of Wander is one of the best aspects of the movie. It helps with the classic “trust no one” mantra that was prevalent among the reluctant heroes of the old western movies. Part of what April Mullen is trying to do is make it so the audience doesn’t trust Bretnick as the protagonist. With episode of blackouts or bleary flashbacks, Bretnick is supposed to be a mentally conflicted individual.

The attempt by writer Doiron and Mullen is understandable, but it is not executed well. It makes the twists and turns at the end not as impactful because you are left confused due to the poor attempt at generating confusion earlier. It is an effort where simplicity would have been better than going M. Night Shyamalan.

Can’t end this without saying that Jimmy Cleats is a really freaking awesome name.

Stanko Rating: D (1.5/5 Stars)

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