Summary : A tight, tense thriller bogged down by a muddled ending.
Addicts make for interesting characters. While they may not be the best people, it’s interesting to watch them fall deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole of addiction, or watch them bottom out. In lighter films, the viewer can watch them make progress in their battle or redeem themselves, but darker films about addicts tend to show what happens to the characters that never make the climb back up. Of these two, Junction is the latter.
Written and directed by Tony Glazer in his feature debut, Junction sports a tight, compelling story alongside fine performances. Four addicts attempt to rob a house in order to steal a television for their drug dealer. Once inside the house, they come across something unexpected that throws one member of the group into a rage. When the homeowners come home, the situation for all involved goes from bad to worse. The standouts in the cast include Tom Pelphrey and Neal Bledsoe as two of four addicts attempting a robbery that goes horribly awry. Pelphrey plays David, the de facto leader of the group, his only credentials being that he is the only one with a car. Bledsoe plays Donald, a character who starts out being a somewhat dim character like Lenny from Of Mice and Men to a full blown evil villain.
Donald is actually among the best and worst parts of the film. When he acts on pure, raw emotion, his actions are much more believable and intense. However, he seems to shift from that to a cool, calculated murderer on a dime, and slips back and forth from the two personas.
As stated before the film is very tight, taking place over an afternoon into the evening. Clocking in at 91 minutes, Junction can feel even shorter than that, which is a compliment. There isn’t any spots where the story seems to drag. Once the inciting incident occurs the film takes off and doesn’t let up.
The real problem with the movie however is the ending. A great story is built up, only to get torn down by an ending that feels somewhat muddled and a twist that is completely unnecessary. It isn’t bad enough to ruin the rest of the film, but it’s enough to make something that should be excellent into something leaving more to be desired.Powered by Sidelines