Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Royce D. Applegate, Jason Brooks, Amanda Foreman, Brian Austin Green, Gregg Henry
Director: Harris Done
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: First Look Home Entertain Release Date: 06/21/2005 Run time: 102 minutes Rating: R
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NEXT STOP IS HELL
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 11/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"PURGATORY FLATS enters the "Body Heat" territory in this well-crafted, keenly directed femme fatale story. Vincent Ventresca plays Dr. Thomas Reed, a man whose life was cruelly changed when his wife is killed in a car accident in which he was driving drunk. He is sentenced to five years in prison and upon his release he refuses the help of his brother (Jason Brooks), and hitchhikes to a small town called Purgatory Flats. There he meets the seductively sexy Sunny (Alexandra Holden). She is married to a no-good drug addict named Owen who is wounded seriously in a drug deal gone bad. Dr. Tom comes on to the scene and tries to help save Owen. However, Owen's uncle Dean (Gregg Henry) doesn't want two time offender Owen to be put in jail, so he forces Tom to go with him to their house to nurse Owen back to health. There we meet Owen's older brother, Randy (Brian Austin Green), who is AWOL and a brutal redneck himself.
From here, Tom becomes more and more involved and ensuing mayhem, murder and deception run rampant.
A clever script and top notch performances make this sleeper a keeper. Ventresca is excellent as Tom, showing his guilt over the death of his wife, his ineffective attempt at celibacy, and his desperation in his situation. Holden sizzles as the young Mata Hari, combining a teen innocence with an older woman's cunning. Green (Knots Landing) is perfect as redneck Randy, and Gregg Henry gives a solid performance as the treacherous uncle.
PURGATORY FLATS moves along in a quiet ominous mood, and it's plot twist may be predictable, but it still has a punch."
Good Solid Flick
Michael Butts | 02/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After spending five years in prison, Dr. Thomas Reed, played by the incomparable Vincent Ventresca, exiles himself to Purgatory Flats and winds up tending bar. He soon meets the luscious, angel-faced Sunny (Alexandra Holden). "You are wicked." he tells her. "You have no idea." she replies as she sips her Slo Comfortable Screw and languidly drags on her cig. Reed finds himself entwined in the violent troubles of her family and the femme fatale story unfolds set against the desolation and desperation of the oil-drained western town.Canny direction. Great performances. Superb entourage work. And some lust scenes that sizzle like the sun in Purgatory."
Zagethe | 05/30/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"To be honest I only purchased this movie to see Vincent Ventresca whom I adore in the Invisible Man series. He doesnt disappoint.
This is a rather seedy little drama about a (ex) doctor who is just released from prison after serving five years for killing his wife in a drunk driving accident. The guilt won't let him go back to his old life so he instead hitches a ride to nowhere and ends up in Purgatory Flats. While working there as a bartender he meets a sexy blonde and ends up getting caught up in drugs, murder, and just maybe redemption.
Vince Ventresca is very good at playing basically good characters who are pushed into, or seduced into, the darker side. You can always identify with him and root for him to make it through.
If you're a fan of his you wont be disappointed in this low budget thriller. If you just like seedy noir type cinema you might want to give this one a try at such a reasonable price. I'm pleased and will keep it in my collection.
A under rated film
Tina | Jacksonville NC | 02/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I watched this movie on Showtime a few weeks ago. It is a really good movie. It is not what you expect. The cinemaography (I know I spelt that wrong..lol) is really good. I like the story line. I think this is Brian Austin Greenes first film that seperates him from anything he has ever done. The story line is good.
I know there will be people out there that may not like. Truly a matter of preference but I did enjoy it. I liked and I think if you are looking for something different. Give it a try.