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Cast: James Badge Dale (13 Hours), Chris Mulkey (Captain Phillips), Brian Geraghty (NBC’s “Chicago P.D."), Robert Aramayo (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Patrick Fischler (Showtime’s “Twin Peaks”), Happy Anderson (Cinemax’s “The Knick”) and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight

Director: Henry Dunham

Genre: Drama/Thriller

Year: 2019

Rating: NR

After a shooting at a police funeral, reclusive ex-cop Gannon (Dale) finds himself unwittingly forced out of retirement when he realizes that the killer belongs to the same militia he joined after quitting the force. Understanding that the shooting could set off a chain reaction of copycat violence across the country, Gannon quarantines his fellow militiamen in the remote lumber mill they call their headquarters. There, he sets about a series of grueling interrogations, intent on ferreting out the killer and turning him over to the authorities to prevent further bloodshed.

There has been a mass shooting that involves the death of police officers. The police expect it to be a group of Militia and are on the hunt. One group in particular meet at their Sparrow Creek hideout and find that one AR-15 semi-automatic rifle that was used in the attack has gone missing. Now it is up to group to find out which one of them is responsible before the police bring them all down.

'The Standoff at Sparrow Creek' is a gem of a thriller that delivers on every front. Right from the start I was sucked into the story of the Militia group. Each member has his past and every one of them is well developed. There is not much action in the film, most of it is dialogue and character driven but it still moves at a great pace.

As the members try to figure out who is responsible for the group we are given the complete back story to each character which really helps the audience get more emotional involved in the story. There are a lot of tension and suspense and the film is full of atmosphere and mystery has we wait and guess who might be the one that committed the act of violence.

'The Standoff at Sparrow Creek' is a smart, clever and well-written thriller. The acting is stellar by everyone involved including, James Badge Dale (13 Hours), Chris Mulkey (Captain Phillips), Brian Geraghty (NBC’s “Chicago P.D."), Robert Aramayo (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Patrick Fischler (Showtime’s “Twin Peaks”), Happy Anderson (Cinemax’s “The Knick”) and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight). It is a near-perfect whodunit that is full of mystery, it engages the audience right from the start and you will be glued to the screen the entire time. And the film delivers with a shocking surprise ending you will never see coming.

'The Standoff at Sparrow Creek' is a gem of a film and it reminds me of why I fell in love with cinema in the first place. I must also mention Writer/Director, Henry Dunham, this is his directorial debut and it is an attention getter. I cannot wait to see what this talented film maker does next. The film will be released in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD on Jan. 18, 2019 so be sure to check it out. You will be glad you did.

Released by RLJE Films

**** Out Of *****