The Wolves of Savin Hill is as dark as it comes; a crime thriller that packs a punch and takes you to the darker side of a childhood friendship.
The film opens with two best friends who make a disturbing discovery in the woods of Savin Hill. Years later, after drifting apart, they find themselves back together, linked by an equally ominous event.
David Cooley plays one half of the duo. A washed up alcoholic who has not recovered from his childhood secret, Tom (David) remained in Boston. His friend, Sean (Brian Scannell), equally disturbed by the event, moves to LA with Tom’s sister Emily and takes up the role of bent LA cop.
When Emily is found dead in the bathub, Tom travels to LA to become reunited with Sean. What he doesn’t realise is the web of crime, locked away secrets and violence that awaits and he can’t help but get himself trapped.
The Wolves of Savin Hill is director and writer John Beaton Hill’s debut. Hill intelligently uses perpective and techniques that mask the movie’s modest budget. While the setting changes are clear, jumping from the gritty streets of Boston over to the criminal underworld of LA, the camera shots focus mostly on the characters and their actions, delving the viewer into the dark psyche of each troubled situation.
At times dialogue came across a little obvious and lines were clearly so well rehearsed that there were a couple of overlaps. But these hiccups were overshadowed by the overall atmosphere that Hill created. Throughout the film, Tom and Sean would flash back to the unfolding happenings in Savin Hill and Emily’s death, forcing the viewer to experience the inner torment suffered by the two main characters.
As the plot progresses and Sean’s true nature is uncovered, the viewing becomes increasingly intense. The climax features a welcome twist, which ends with an answer you didn’t even realised was asked.
The Wolves of Savin Hill hits the mark. It’s disturbing, well written and delivered flawlessly. A debut that Hill should be proud of.
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