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May 17 2016


'Rushlights' Unrated Director's Cut VOD: Superb Neo Docudrama American Gothic Noir

Rushlights Reviews
The Vertical Entertainment VOD launch of the unrated director's cut from the "Based on True Events" 2013 Josh Henderson (of the TNT "Dallas" series) noir-thriller "Rushlights" shows that streaming is not only for previously released and not-ready-for-primetime material. This production implies that this format can also be used to exhibit the general public the show how the studio suits do not want you to view. In this instance, it in all probability will be the full extent of the violence in a few scenes.


"Rushlights" writer/director Antoni Stutz states in the press materials because of this release that "this cut of the film is nearer to what I (Stutz) been in mind initially. Its [sic] edgier. 'The gloves are off' if you like." We like; ok, we all do.

The next YouTube clip from the "Rushlights" trailer shows how it uses the actors and setting to good effect.

Stutz commences with all the classic noir set-up of getting Henderson's Billy meet fellow loser Sarah in the diner where she functions as a waitress until something better occurs. Mutual flirting begats a hot-and-heavy R-rated lust scene, which begats panicked night-time contact from Sarah to Billy.

The get a booty right here call relates to the latest death with the roommate of Sarah. This begats Billy and Sarah going to a tiny Texas town to perpetuate a scheme to get a sizable inheritance to which they lack a rightful claim.

Both leads play their parts well; the portrayal of Billy appears to be an audition piece for Henderson in reference to his subsequent role as the grown-up John Ross Ewing on "Dallas."

This make an effort to pull the wool on the eyes of the (presumed) sheep-ranching community triggers the bulk of these elimination of the gloves. The amount of bloodletting and the creative manners in which Satutz achieves this would satisfy every fan of the modern kind of thriller. A climatic scene nearby the end particularly does not disappoint in connection with this.

Stutz further excels in adding twists that maintain the audience guessing. Any noir fan recognizes that deceit permeates the Billy-Sarah relationship, however the reveals regarding this are unexpected. The same thing goes to a lesser extent regarding the sibling rivalry between local sheriff Bob Brogden (whom Beau Bridges perfectly portrays) and younger brother attorney Cameron (whom Aidan Quinn nicely plays).

Stutz additionally borrows from the horror film genre in providing a few false endings before finally putting everything to rest. The seemingly final carnage is simply the start of end.

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