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Ironside... excellently exudes an old-man smell and no-nonsense-allowed temperament.
While you're watching, helmer Michael Peterson effectively earns suspension of disbelief with stark atmospherics, solid performances and a persuasive escalation of panic.
For the most part, this is a tautly constructed exercise in suspense, set among striking-looking snowbound fields and farmhouses.
Knuckleball isn't looking to reinvent the wheel, and it doesn't have to.
Knuckleball finds interesting and clever ways to raise the stakes at near every turn while managing to keep things grounded in reality. There are no great saves or any supernatural creatures, just old-fashioned human monsters on the prowl.
Knuckleball still hits the right notes... [It] is a decent thriller that is worth a little patience.
Nothing about this execution is terribly interesting except maybe the wintry Alberta locations.
Knuckleball revels in its good and bloody fun, but it's taken to a proper level of gravitas by its two main stars.
"Director Michael Peterson hop-scotches genres nicely following his 2011 LARPing comedy Lloyd The Conqueror, constructing a set-piece as reminiscent of The Shining as of Macaulay Culkin stopping bad guys with marbles."
Peterson crafts a chilling homage to The Shining; handles the why-doesn't-he-use-his-cellphone question nicely; and delivers a decent followup to his last feature, 2012's Lloyd the Conqueror.
The film relies heavily on the interplay between Henry and Dixon, which resembles a violent dance. Both actors invest deeply in their roles, which helps to sell the tension (particularly as the bodies begin to pile up)
Once we get to the 'action', the film doesn't let up until the climax and it's a blast to watch.
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