Death in Texas. 2021
Written and directed by Scott Windhauser
Starring Ronnie Gene Blevins, John Ashton, Bruce Dern, Lara Flynn Boyle, Stephen Lang, William Shockley, Craig Nigh, Cher Cosenza and Sam Daly.
Billy Walker, who has just left prison, returns to El Paso to find his mother dying of liver failure, but at the bottom of the transplant list. However, the border offers other, darker options.
Death in Texas begins with the misleading and clumsy volume of protagonist Billy Walker (Ronnie Gene Blevins, who if nothing else shows a role in the physically influential part) that dampens the philosophy of the gray areas between black and white and how sometimes good people find themselves on the path of righteous evil. The line between right and wrong is always a fascinating area of research, but it takes more loyalty and thoughtfulness than author / director Scott Windhauser (Hurricane Heist, another of his offerings that could have benefited from the adoption of the concept of nonsense) gives weight to the story and depth to these characters.
Billy is released from prison, not because of good behavior, but because his mother Grace (Lara Flynn Boyle, one of the few better-earning veterans here) has liver failure. He doesn’t have long to live, and apparently that’s enough now to get someone out of jail for a violent crime. However, it is possible that Grace can live more than two months of her life expectancy with a transplant. The downside is that he is on the low list with no other legal options.
It is clear here (among other things) that Death in Texas is a lousy film; When Billy decides to take matters into his own hands by engaging in criminal activity to raise enough money to get his liver on the black market, it’s not easy to get behind him, even if the endgame is noble. He is a rising man with unresolved rage issues who, on the other hand, intertwine with more dangerous things than spend what is left with his mother. Nonetheless, Billy tries to rob a nasty former drug dealer where he finds money, but an added key for women in the sex trade. Naturally, Billy does the right thing and lets them release the mystery of why these girls will never be seen in a movie again. The sex trade itself is mentioned again, just as an armpit for certain characters to hate other characters.
Meanwhile, Grace has been admitted to a nearby hospital, where she’s certainly one of the most eye-catching sub-subjects in the film all year, starting to fall and flirt with a male nurse named John (Stephen Lang, on the sensitive side, which is a delay in some of her newer acting roles). Repeated flirting is awkward and embarrassing when they fall on each other quickly and hard, even if they have no real reason. There’s a scene where John opens up his personal life and is straightforwardly honest about being in the middle of getting his life back on track. No one Grace has ever known in her life has shown such great vulnerability, so it is enough for her that she thinks she is the love of her life. It’s certainly not a poisonous bag he’ll date during the initial scenes, suggesting a combination of men’s awful taste and a garbage town that has probably never had good proverbs.
When Billy works on the financial situation, he visits a bar full of degenerates while he connects with bartender Jennifer (Cher Cosenza). He’s the only one who doesn’t see him as a sex object and is genuinely interested in his previous efforts to be a teacher, so he likes him. Having said that, his path to violence puts him on a collision course with a cartel runner that Bruce Dern played about all people. Like most of his late career screenings, he chews on landscapes and the only entertaining thing in the film, suggesting that there could have been a little more fun here with self-awareness and schlock.
There really isn’t much else to say there Death in Texas Otherwise, there’s a twist that really makes this movie inside. It tries to give layers to the situation and these characters, but Scott Windhauser plays it directly. He doesn’t seem to understand that a better film would write better characters instead of resorting to a lame and cliché twist. Once again, the entire film is full of clichés, including a wrinkle-causing ending. There is a brief moment of excitement at the climax, but even it evaporates quickly with the help of stupid characters. The last 30 minutes are somewhat tolerable, although death can also go there.
Flickering myth rating – Movie: ★ / Movie: ★ ★
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