Sometimes I browse my Netflix List and choose a movie at random. That brings me to my next movie review for Beneath The Leaves (2019).
In the most basic sense, Beneath The Leaves is a suspenseful thriller. It contains tense moments, shootouts, and a bit of campy comedy. Written and Directed by Adam Marino (Inheritence, Ring Ring), we get a low-budget independent film as the final product. While there’s nothing wrong with that, you can expect a certain level of quality going in.
The story is an interesting one. It revolves around Detectives Erica Shotwell(Mira Sorvino) and Brian Larson(Kristoffer Polaha) and a case they happen to fall on. But first a little backstory: 15 years ago when Brian was a child, he and his four foster brothers were kidnapped by a crazy psychopath by the name of James Whitley who had this twisted idea of reuniting these boys with their deceased parents. Luckily, the boys are able to escape before James’ plan was completed. James was arrested as a result.
Now, in the present, Brian is a cop who is also in a relationship with his partner, Erica. They overhear of a Prison Break at the nearby penitentiary due to an uncontrollable fire. James Whitley was one of the 6 inmates who escaped and he’s hell bent on seeing his original mission through even if it’s been 15 years. He moves quick too!
So as the following events ensue, it becomes a game of cat and mouse as Brian is taken off the case, and moreso unable to work it with Erica. Obviously he wouldn’t be in the best mindset to handle an escaped psychopath who attempted to murder him and his brothers as youngsters. Being fueled by anger and the need for redemption, his only choice that remains is to make sure his remaining siblings are safe by any means possible.
As I stated earlier, I found this movie interesting. I didn’t know much about it before jumping in. The cinematography is about average; nothing too crazy with effects or with delivering scenes. The acting is what it is. Nothing special, but still believable. Mira Sorvino plays her role very well. With a runtime of about 90 minutes, the pacing is pretty decent as it doesn’t take long to see any blood, nor get the story moving from the beginning.
While it’s not your Summer Blockbuster, it’s still a good popcorn flick!