Nick (Luke Grimes) is a man with a dark criminal past. He now leads a new life working full time in a furniture store and is happily married to the sheriff’s daughter. Nick presently lives far away from his previous life and the two ex-criminal partners he used to work with. Unfortunately for Nick, his ex-criminal partners, Sloan (Frank Grillo) & Charlie (David Cade), have now discovered Nick’s location. They decide to visit him, demanding their share of money from a previous job they all did together.
Into The Ashes is a slow burn revenge tale which I would compare to “No Country For Old Men” (which is one of my favourite films). Not everything in regards to the plot is spoon-fed to our audience, and thinking is required. One scene I particularly enjoyed is when the sheriff arrives at a hotel only to find bodies and shot up cars. The viewers will need to consider what happened to certain characters. It’s a different perspective, one I wished we had more of in films today.
Visually this film is shot well. Nice smooth camera movements are used to go along with this slow-burn revenge story. The film isn’t in a hurry to tell its tale, and the visuals also show that same slow, dark and gritty vibe. There’s also a faint and suspenseful musical score which builds some suspense at critical moments. It’s basic, but I still found it effective.
Performances are also solid considering it’s quite a small cast. The stand out for me was the Australian actor, Robert Taylor who plays “The Sheriff”. This actor owned the screen whenever he appeared.
Overall, this is a slow burn revenge tale with solid performances from a small cast and a story which will require its audience to think first than being spoon-fed the plot the whole time. If you enjoy films such as “No Country For Old Men”, then I suggest you invest your time and check out “Into The Ashes”.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden