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Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
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Oren Uziel
Rob Corddry as Kurt Biltmore
Matt Landry as Meth Billy
Stephanie Sigman as Steph Burton
Benjamin Walker as Zeke Sikes
Wyatt Russell as Ed Burton
Adam Pally as Reed Ethington
Karl Campbell as Armored Car Man
Adam Saunders as State Trooper
Julie Khaner as Mrs. Dawkins
Angela Vint as Martha Sikes
Ron Livingston as Kyle Walker
John Michael Higgins as Brad Dawkins
Rainn Wilson as Andy Sikes
Mark Rendall as Chris Morrow
Storyline: An inventive crime thriller told backwards -- reversing day by day through a week -- following a local sheriff's quest to unlock the mystery of three small town criminals and a bank heist gone wrong.
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The sheriff is weary of being the only clean person in his dirty little town.
No spoilers here.

Like Memento, it's written to be watched twice. The writing is tight and smart, nothing is wasted, though that might not register until the second time through.

Both bleak and comic, it is a genuine mystery, in that clues and red herrings are carefully planted throughout, with a big reveal at the end that is genuinely surprising. The storytelling architecture is very satisfying.

You are not emotionally invested in any of the characters. This is by design, the structure pretty much guarantees it, and it's a good thing.

Though it works backwards, it goes day-by-day, not sequence by sequence, so while you are kept engaged in figuring out what's going on and who's who, it's easy enough keep track, you're never at sea. There's plenty to enjoy the first time through, but much of the early content, and many of the "jokes" -- it's very dark, but they are a kind of jokes-- only hit on second viewing.

It's a new kind of thing, straight to streaming, the cinematic equivalent of a straight-to-paperback noir. Made cheaply enough that neither the cinematography nor the acting seek to wow you (though they do get the job done) so it's not like a movie. But it's not like TV either, it's not looking for ratings, it doesn't have to go big-hit-or-die, it doesn't need a sponsor, it can be its own thing, the story they wanted to tell, everything's in there they wanted, nothing is in there they didn't want.

I liked it a lot. I probably wouldn't have watched it again, but there were special circumstances, and I'm really glad I did.
interesting dark comedy
"Shimmer Lake" is a very enjoyable dark comedy from Netflix.

The story of a bank robbery is told backwards. When I started watching it, I thought it looked cheap. I don't think it cost a fortune. It concerns the local sheriff and his attempts to bring three bank robbers to justice - one of whom is his brother. The story goes in reverse day by day as we meet the different participants.

I thought the dialogue was funny, the actors were fine, and while it will remind some people of Fargo, it's no Fargo though it is good. And I loved the way it was wrapped up at the end.

Clever, funny, Netflix has redeemed itself after that awful thing Handsome.
Terrific film; great acting
Very clever use of flash back to fill in the plot. Excellent script with comic touches. The acting is convincing in all the characters--even the little girl is very believable. This is the kind of movie that you can watch more than once in order to catch all the details.

The pacing of the script is fast--no slow moments or unnecessary scenes. The writer's ability to add touches of humor in this drama is especially effective. And the actors deliver the lines with perfect timing. It is no comedy, so pulling this off is a real feat. A film with great writing, acting, directing, and editing is hard to find: Enjoy.
Best dark humour I've seen since Fargo
Unlike other reviewers, I found many lines in this movie were brilliant, which kept me watching it even though it really seemed like a unforgettable plot until it got me well in the end. Seriously though, this is a drama/crime but definitely not a thriller. The acting was fine, and they were probably just having too much fun with those lines without even trying. Cinematography could be better with some hand-held and closeup together. Overall, it is a excellent black humour, and I will certainly watch it for a second time.
Shimmer Lake Relies Heavily on Their Twisted Narrative Structure but There's Enough Here to Keep Viewers Occupied
*Minor Spoilers Ahead* Our story begins during a grey Friday morning in an unnamed mid-west town. Andy Sikes (Rainn Wilson) is hiding in the basement with a big bag. His daughter comes into the laundry room and he's able to convince her to go back upstairs without giving him away. She goes upstairs to have breakfast with her uncle Zeke Sikes (Benjamin Walker) who just happens to be the sheriff and her mom. Andy is able to sneak out and steals his neighbours' car. Zeke has no choice but to continue to work and he picks up his deputy Reed Ethington (Adam Pally). The day continues to unfold, we see the aftermath of this violent bank robbery. But instead of moving to Saturday, we actually rewind to Friday and the story continues to unfold in reverse so we deal with the aftermath first and the movie progresses back to the heist.

The story being told in reverse is pretty key to keeping this story interesting. You would think seeing what was going to play out would kill any urgency to the plot but I didn't have that problem. Some would describe this is a gimmick but Shimmer Lake pulls it off pretty well. If you were to tell this story in chronological order, it would be pretty typical friends turn on friends whodunit. The movie wouldn't be awful but I would imagine it would lack the surprise it would need. It gives the movie something to standout from the crowd and it definitely helped keep me interested in what was going on.

Once you get past the obvious hook with Shimmer Lake, you're mainly looking at a story of a bank robbery gone bad. We've seen this in other movies but they do enough interesting stuff to keep you guessing. There are a lot of side-plots being interwoven into the main through-line that you don't get an explanation for till you see the end. This is a pretty delicate tightrope to walk but they also pull it off more than they don't.

Most heist/crime movies present a flashy atmosphere with an exotic locale, some well trained criminals and an over-the-top villain, that's not the type of movie that Shimmer Lake is. This is a story that takes place in a small mid-western town and the characters are grimy low-level thug types. They aren't bumbling idiots (except for one or two characters) but no one would confuse them for experts or skilled operatives. It makes for a more realistic picture but I doubt you'll come away liking many of these characters. No one seems to operate as morally black or white, they're all shades of grey and that may or may not be your thing.

While you would think that this movie would attract some well-known character actors, one of the more bizarre things about Shimmer Lake is who they decided to cast in these roles. The majority of the cast are comedic actors and yet I could only think of a few times where a joke was even attempted let alone when it worked. Although he wasn't the main character, Rainn Wilson was the standout. He's totally stripped of any of his comedic charm and he did a really good job playing a scumbag bank robber. I didn't like Benjamin Walker early in the movie but as the movie plays out, Zeke gets more fleshed out and I thought his performance got better. Stephanie Sigman does a decent job being mousy and laying in wait but her character has a lot more to her than she lets on. Wyatt Russell isn't in the movie very long but he makes the most of his opportunities. In the supporting parts, they cast charismatic comedic actors: Rob Corddry, Ron Livingston, John Michael Higgins and Adam Pally but they give them very little funny stuff to work with. To be fair, they're all fine but it was still confusing why they chose to do that.

Shimmer Lake isn't mind-blowing or earth-shattering but I enjoyed it in the end. It milks the telling the story backwards gimmick well and although the cast fills odd roles, they do their jobs effectively. The story also boasts enough twists in the narrative to keep you off base. I won't say this is must see entertainment but this is a solid choice for something to watch on Netflix.
What on earth was this?
Plot holes are common in the movies that have come out of Hollywood in the past three decades. Flashbacks and telling a story backwards are also quite common, in movies with uninspired plots, that would be unbearably boring, if the story was told in a chronological order. Even so, some films stand out for their glaring plot holes, others for their forgettable stories. Shimmer Lake has the distinction of standing out for both. The shallow characters and mediocre acting are minor annoyances, compared to the questions you are left with at the end: Someone actually got paid to write this piece of garbage? Someone actually read the script and said, yes this will make a good movie?

I'm struggling to find a single redeeming feature in this sorry excuse for a movie and the best I can think of is that the photography wasn't that bad, the camera was steady and the sound was as expected. So perhaps I should have given it a 3 instead of a 1, but it's IMDb rating was already above 6, which is incredible for such a low in modern film-making.
It starts out pretty well as you settle down for 90 minutes of what promises to be action, excitement and drama.But the clarity is soon engulfed in clouds of confusion and downpours of bad taste. I don't know if anyone has actually clocked the number of times the "F" word was used including to and by a child. There is also graphic, gay sex which I found repulsive. But by the end --- in fact by the middle --- you are totally confused as to who these people are and why they're all shooting each other dead. I give it a big "A". For AWFUL!
A dime a dozen film that explores nothing.
With very few dark comedy thrillers out there, or thrillers at all for that matter, I had decided to check this little film out. The gimmick is telling the story backwards, which has been done a 1000 times and rarely works. Instead when gimmicks are used, it takes the focus away from the story which is usually ill conceived and predictable, as with this film. When gimmicks are used as a storytelling device, it must be used to enhance the story (Irreversible, Memento are two brilliant ones) not just as a way to tell a story. Putting cohesive stories together within the framework of a gimmick takes precision and this film clearly lacked it.

For anyone that did not get the story from the Thursday (second day) reveal, and I am talking the entire story, you simply were not paying attention. Telling a story backwards has to be more than just a simple delivery method, it must be apart of the story. This film is not that funny, despite the other reviewers, and the moments that are suppose to be funny are forced, because of the abundance exposition. Literally, every character tells you what they are thinking and what they are doing. No one is thinking in this film. It simply is poorly written. The direction is less than as Ron Livingston who is great is just a cog in the oil-less machine. All the comedy is forced down our throat because it is not naturally written or performed and that falls on the director. I found myself bored and playing on my phone. Not to mention, it is a simple revenge story that has no imagination to it. UNLIKE FARGO that someone mentioned in a review, this film has no heart, no sense of what it is and what it wants to say about the subject matter. Very flat.
I was pleasantly surprised
At first, I thought this was going to be just a run-of-the-mill bank robbery movie. Boy, was I wrong. This movie had suspense, a well-written plot, and twists at every turn. And viewing the movie in reverse made the movie even that much better. Even towards the end, I didn't expect the clean-cut sheriff to be the bank robber. However, the stolen money was just a secondary compensation. Justice and vindication were the true motives.

Very enjoyable movie. I highly recommend it to anybody that's into the cops and robbers genre.
Not bad
This film is really not bad. It was entertaining and interesting from the beginning til the end. The fact that it goes from the end to the beginning of the story makes it even more interesting in a way that you have to remember all the details with hope not to miss anything important and solve the story - like the tattoo arm that killed the guy.

I have to admit that I was surprised by the truth and that adds to the + of this film.

Low budget but the actors were all pretty good. Nice thriller with elements of comedy which I must say I did not find funny at all, but that does not make this film less interesting.

Maybe the back story which triggered all of this - the accident in which a child is killed could have been explored more - though on the 2nd thought - it may not have added anything to the story. But as it is the one thing that started all...

All in all, good way to spend your 90 minutes. 7 from me. Though it is close to 8.
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