Deadland: Review. By Jake Peffer.
Deadland follows U.S. Border Patrol Agent Angel Waters. One night out on patrol he makes an apprehension of a man laying in a river, who he believes to be dead. While transporting him back to the station the man awakens to Angel’s surprise. Once Angel brings the man back to the station he leaves him there to go home where his estranged father has shown up for the first time in his life.
While Angel deals with his father’s sudden arrival one of his fellow agents at the station ends up accidentally shooting the man that was brought in. Angel and agents Hitchcock and Veracruz take the man and bury him in the middle of the desert. Afterwards the group starts to see visions of this man leading them to believe there may be more going on than originally thought.
This is a movie that was quite a surprise. It’s not often that you see a movie dealing with supernatural elements while also touching on the trouble at the U.S. border but Deadland does it and makes it work incredibly well. Director Lance Larson has put together quite a movie here that manages to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout its runtime. The balance between dramatic beats and the supernatural elements works to the movie’s advantage as it keeps the audience guessing until the final climax. Almost everything here is executed well, and the movie never runs out of steam.
While Deadland doesn’t boast a well known cast the actors do a fantastic job at portraying their characters. Roberto Urbina is great as the lead Angel Waters putting in a stellar performance that will hopefully give him some notice in the industry.
Character actors Chris Mulkey and Julio Cesar Cedillo as two other agents provide some great tension throughout the movie. The rest of the cast all do well in their roles respectively, making for a great ensemble cast.
There isn’t much to dislike in Deadland. It moves at a smooth pace and doesn’t overstay its welcome. The cast all put in great performances and director Lance Larson shows signs of being a really solid director. It’s a movie that will keep you guessing but also give your skin goosebumps at some of the imagery that is shown. Once this is available it is highly recommended to seek it out as it will surprise most audiences.
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