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TIFF Review: ‘The Standoff at Sparrow Creek’

September 16, 2018Sherry Li

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, from writer and director Henry Dunham, is a suspenseful thriller featuring fantastic performances from the entire cast.

After a shooting occurs at a policeman's funeral, a local militia group discovers that one of them was the culprit. Led by a former cop, Gannon (James Badge Dale), and holed up inside an abandoned warehouse, the men (Patrick Fischler, Brian Geraghty, Chris Mulkey, Happy Anderson, Robert Aramayo and Gene Jones) investigate among themselves to try and oust the guilty party before the police get to them first.

From the start, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is filled with plenty of questions, and it uses this uncertainty to constantly build upon the tension between the militia members and the ticking clock. The entire film is sharp, filled with clues, hints and false leads that will keep the audience on their toes. It's a perfect fit for TIFF's Midnight Madness programme, for what it lacks in action, it makes up for in intensity.

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek makes its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 28 min.

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