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Reptile (2023)

Directed by:
Grant Singer
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Crime/Thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Reptile

RUNNING TIME
136 minutes

Produced by:
Molly Smith
Thad Luckinbill
Trent Luckinbill

Written by:
Grant Singer
Benjamin Brewer
Benicio Del Toro


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Tom Nichols Benicio Del Toro
Will Grady Justin Timberlake
Judy Nichols Alicia Silverstone
Eli Phillips

Michael Carmen Pitt

Dan Cleary

Ato Essandoh

Detective Wally

Domenick Lombardozzi

Sam Gifford Karl Glusman -
Summer Elswick Matilda Lutz -
Chief Marty Graeber Mike Pniewski -
Peter Thad Luckinbill -
Renee Sky Ferreira -
Rudy Rackozy Owen Teague -
Camille Grady Frances Fisher -
Captain Robert Allen

Eric Bogosian

 

Review

This Netflix production is a pretty solid piece of crime escapism for 2/3 of its running time - a taut police procedural rich on characters and atmosphere. Benicio Del Toro leads the way with his typically naturalistic style, and the mystery hangs aptly in the air as we close in on a handful of possible suspects. The modern TV style production values and pacing are agreeable here, at least until the final third approaches, at which point Reptile takes a sudden turn towards genre-bound cliches. Instead of intensifying, the suspense drops abruptly as everything gets "solved" by a very convenient plot device, leaving plenty of open questions regarding the detective work the movie had been so meticulous about up until this point. An ending this sloppy becomes all the more disappointing when the groundwork has been as solid as in here. There is a fine supporting turn from Alicia Silverstone as Del Toro's wife - they represent a refreshingly sound relationship for the police genre. The effective musical score is by Yair Elazar Glotman.

Copyright 29.11.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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