The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019)


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After a mass shooting at a police funeral, reclusive ex-cop Gannon finds himself unwittingly forced out of retirement when he realizes that the killer belongs to the same militia he joined after quitting the force. Understanding that the shooting could set off a chain reaction of copycat violence across the country, Gannon quarantines his fellow militiamen in the remote lumber mill they call their headquarters. There, he sets about a series of grueling interrogations, intent on ferreting out the killer and turning him over to the authorities to prevent further bloodshed.

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

What makes The Standoff at Sparrow Creek special is how much it reminds you of stories of alpha males like Reservoir Dogs, The Thing, and Mamet's work without ever feeling wholly derivative.

Jan 18, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

There is a timely element to "Sparrow Creek" that speaks to our current moment and mood in this country, but the simple, effective nature of Dunham's sharp storytelling makes him a talent to watch going forward.

Jan 18, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

There's nothing new in The Standoff at Sparrow Creek except the title.

Jan 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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The gaps in logic might be easier to forgive if the movie's real-world resonances weren't so troubling.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

The film has so much potential, but it's a shame that it all falls flat.

Jan 16, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Even without the strength of its character-actor cast, the warehouse-set drama would attract Reservoir Dogs comparisons; though neither as twisty nor as satisfying as that film, this debut shows pulpy promise and is a step ahead of its genre peers.

Dec 26, 2018 | Full Review…

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