Best of… Series – 1992 – One False Move

One False Move (Carl Franklin, 1992)

What a solid little movie. One False Move is one of those small-town setting movies that always perk my interest. A trio of L.A. criminals are on the run and the police believe them to be headed to a small town in Arkansas. Bill Paxton plays a local sheriff and does a fantastic job. He’s a combination of simplicity and confidence, or so it seems. With a wife and a child, and the respect of the community, it seemed he was going to be the simple cop who could bring down the dangerous criminals. But the film ends up being much more than I ever would have expected. Layer after layer is stripped away, and the result is a great and slightly awkward small-town drama. If I had to choose a weakness, it would be some of the dialogue. Though the setting and situations are extremely well-written, the dialogue is stilted at times.  9.25/10

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