Collaborator An Underappreciated Indie Flick

Courtesy:  Entertainment One

Courtesy: Entertainment One

Entertainment One’s latest crime thriller (if one can venture to call it that) is one of those movies that must be watched more than once to be fully appreciated.  It has been received to largely mixed reviews.  Chances are that those who gave the movie bad marks perhaps didn’t give it more than a passing glance in their first viewing of this not so ordinary story.  It is not a movie that fits perfectly into every critic’s comfort zone.  Rather, it delves into a far more psychological and emotional place through the pairing of Gus (David Morse) and Robert (Martin Donovan).  What audiences get in the pair’s story is a story of two men who know each other like brothers.  And just as with brothers, the pair have tensions hidden just below the surface that come out when Gus takes Robert hostage after having killed a liquor store clerk.

Part of the reason that this movie doesn’t fit nicely into the mold of so many critics is that it comes across ironically like one of writer/director Martin Donovan’s own personal works.  It takes place within the confines of one set–the home of Robert’s mother.  Most of the pair’s time is spent in the home’s living room.  Through their discussions, one can infer that having known each other through the better part of each other’s lives, there is perhaps some jealousy on the part of Gus toward Robert because of Robert’s success.  Yet through that jealousy, audiences still see a certain bond between the pair that makes for an intriguing dichotomy.  This mix of personalities eventually leads the pair to a final climactic moment that will ultimately leave audiences’ completely surprised and shocked by the story’s end.

For the drama inside the house, one can’t help but laugh at the seeming social commentary on the general public toward instances such as the standoff.  Both Gus and Robert’s mother sit outside the house waiting the next developments.  At times, their mouths hang agape, eyes wide.  It represents what so much of the public does at such cases.  Perhaps the funniest moment shared outside the house comes when Robert’s mother pulls out her asthma inhaler, proceeds to use it and then is offered a cigarette by one of her friends.  It’s all audiences can do to laugh at the irony.    It’s one more aspect that makes this underrated and underappreciated story worth at least one watch by anyone that has enough of an open mind.  The movie is available now and can be ordered via Amazon at  The movie’s trailer is available online via YouTube at  And now fans have a chance to win a copy of the movie on DVD for free at the Phil’s Picks Facebook page when they like it.  Three copies are available to give away now.  Fans just need to “Like” the Phil’s Picks Facebook page and say they want to be entered for a copy of the movie.

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