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REVIEW: Blow the Man Down

Amazon Studios
Rated: R
Run Time: 91 minutes
Director: Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy

This movie might have gone overlooked as it basically went straight to Amazon Prime (original movie) during the COVID-19 pandemic. But don’t let it slip by in your watchlist without some fair consideration!

Who knew there was room for another New England, seaside thriller since The Lighthouse (2019) only came out a few months ago? Honestly, I am in love with the production design and on-site authenticity that comes with movies set in this locale. I want more, and I hope this is only the beginning of this sub-genre movement. This flick in particular charmingly takes advantage of this element. Though the plot by itself doesn’t make for the most engaging or memorable watch, there’s enough originality to merit your time for sure!

Between the scruffy, wet fishermen that serve as a sort of Greek Chorus throughout the film, the fun twist on who populates “the mob” in the small, Maine town, and the raw, grainy cinematography (Todd Banhazl, Hustlers), any independent film lover will eat this up. This movie also really only features women in the “driver’s seat” from all sides, which is a refreshing change as it’s uncommon for crime thrillers, and it doesn’t feel forced in any way at all.

Priscilla and Mary Beth are college and high school-aged sisters who, after their mother dies, are left to pick up the pieces with their oceanside convenient store, and something else far more alarming—to get rid of a body. They become fully aware of the secrets this quiet nautical town has and the powerful individuals controlling it all.

Morgan Saylor and Sophie Lowe appear in a scene of Blow the Man Down | Amazon Studios

I’ll admit that makes the film sound a bit more grandiose than it actually is. The plot doesn’t have too many twists and turns throughout, and rather keeps things small and contained with the feeling that these things could actually happen in a small town without any do-good bystander ever catching on. All in all, it’s enjoyable for that reason, but some may consider it boring all the same—I didn’t. 

Another element that made the movie stand out with its knack for realism, was that there were barely any recognizable actors. In that way, really nothing distracts from the observation of the cold, coastal, secret-rural life. But worth mentioning, it stars Sophie Lowe and Morgan Saylor (Homeland, McFarland, USA) in the lead roles, as well as Annette O’Toole (Smallville, Stephen King’s IT) and Margo Martindale (Justified, The Americans). Writing and directing came from Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy. This is the first feature-length film for both! And a strong start I’d say.

Though I’d still put this somewhere in the middle of Rotten Tomatoes’ all-too-often awarded 99% range and IMDB’s often unsurpassable 6-point threshold, in the end I advise you go ahead and stream it!

Recommendation: STREAM IT

About the Author
Resident of Utah County, Ex Movie-Pass owner, and married with a baby! Good movies have been my go-to pastime for as long as I can remember; from my dad introducing me to gems such as Tommy Boy and Dumb and Dumber, to discovering the work of people like Paul Thomas Anderson, The Coen Brothers, Francis Ford Coppola, and Steven Spielberg. These filmmakers taught me that cinema truly is an art form. Movies are my way of better understanding complex emotions and unfamiliar walks of life. Movies are a consistent and reliable way of connecting ourselves to the human race, and it’s often done marvelously. I love it!

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