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The Standoff at Sparrow Creek

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1 h 29 min2019X-Ray15
A claustrophobic, tense revenge thriller in the vein of Reservoir Dogs. After a mass shooting at a police funeral, ex-cop Gannon realises that the killer belongs to the same militia he joined after quitting the force. Knowing that the shooting could set off more violence, Gannon quarantines his fellow militiamen in order to find the culprit. A twisty whodunnit from the producers of Bone Tomahawk.
Directors
Henry Dunham
Starring
James Badge DaleBrian GeraghtyPatrick Fischler
Genres
SuspenseDrama
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None Available
Audio Languages
English
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Signature Entertainment
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Violence
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3.6 out of 5 stars

163 global ratings

  1. 39% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 26% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 6% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 13% of reviews have 1 stars
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Jack RansomReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 August 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
The Standoff At Sparrow Creek
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‘The Standoff At Sparrow Creek’ is a film I’ve had on my list on a while and got round to renting it on Amazon due to it not getting a cinema or physical release in the UK.

The focuses on an ex-cop turned militia who investigates a police shooting. Knowing the police will be closing in on them, he quarantines his fellow militiamen as he realises the shooter is one of them.

This is a decent small scale low budget thriller in the vein of Free Fire and Reservoir Dogs (minus the comedic aspects). Considering this is a directorial debut the craft on display with the limited budget and location is impressive. The cinematography is excellent at times as is the use of shadows and lighting to create a tense, isolated and claustrophobic atmosphere. The acting from all the militia members is very good as well with them all being instantly suspicious.

The film has a swift 90 minute runtime which is a positive and a negative. Positive aspect is the tension ramps up quicker as the stakes are raised and there are some very tense moments. However plot pacing and character development is lacking here. Some of the exposition is dull and unimportant to the story, which itself could’ve been a bit more interesting and a few of the militia members get completely forgotten about at times.

It’s fine, if you have 90 minutes to kill you can do a lot worse and I did like the end reveal. However with some sharper more interesting dialogue, a more engaging story and less budgetary restrictions this could’ve been much more.
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Ian GilchristReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 September 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Cracking little debut ala who's the wrong 'un in the gang?
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One of those 'films you missed becuase it ws barely released and should check out'.

Ignore the nay sayers who criticise the film as being a debut that tries too hard - it's a simple but intriguing plot played convincingly by a strong cast, with intriguing visuals that enhance the story effectively.

Look forward to more from this director.
2 people found this helpful
Peter TReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 April 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Extremely poor sound
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I started watching this despite the poor reviews which stated that the sound quality was poor but I thought that if I used my Dolby system the sound would be OK this was not to be the sound is quiet and muffled so I didn't persevere with this. Subtitles may help but there is none. Very disappointed.
Mr A.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 March 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Nonsense.
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You'd think if you were making a movie about a mass shooting you'd at least do some rudimentary research. The AR15 is a semi-auto rifle, not an "automatic rifle". Anyone who calls it an "automatic rifle" should just stop talking because they aren't qualified to speak about rifles.
Sam SheppardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 June 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Absolute Cack!!!
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Do not waste your time.
Instead of this minus 5 star garbage, watch Reservoir Dogs again.
If I could give an overall review of minus 5 then I would.
Suejim126Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 April 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unusual but excellent movie
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This is not a movie you will have heard of but its definitely well worth watching. Some great characters and acting, keeps you on your toes throughout and it has a very unusual and surprising ending.
Trailer trashReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
All about the dialogue
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Sombre lighting throughout. Shot almost entirely inside and slow burning. Not without tension or atmosphere but the political stereotypes reveal the scriptwriter's bias. Decent twist but plenty of implausible and unconvincing prior elements. Mercifully free from bad language which is a rare virtue in this genre.
GTCReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wow
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Low key, very much like a stage play that focuses on toxic masculinity, guns, alienation and ultimately betrayal.
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