Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Faults (2014)

Director: Riley Stearns. Cast: Leland Orser, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Ellis, Beth Grant. 89 min. Drama.

Loser/charlatan cult expert is approached by desperate old parents to save their daughter, who's under the influence of "Faults", a bizarre cult. The expert plays along for the money, kidnaps the daughter for a five-day cure, and then ... things start to get weird. The setting makes every minute of this strange indie engaging: in the ensuing cat-and-mouse game, you're not sure who's curing and who's being cured, and while the ending twist is unexpected, it's deeply satisfying. Although Winstead was first recognized as John McClane's daughter, with Spectacular NowSmashed and now this, she's becoming an indie scene heroine.

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