ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – Q – Quarry (2020) Movie Review
Director: Scott Teems
Writer: Scott Teems, Andrew Brotzman (Screenplay) Damon Galgut (Novel)
Starring: Shea Wingham, Michael Shannon, Bruno Bichir, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Anna Watt, Alvaro Martinez
Plot: A drifter kills a traveling preacher and takes his place at a small-town church, but the police chief suspects foul play.
Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: The Quarry starts when drifter known as only the Man (Whigham) meets a kills a preacher. Taking his role in a small town pretending to the be new preacher coming to town, shown around be Celia (Moreno). He finds his car broken into, taking the evidence of his crime, which will soon see the local Chief John Moore (Shannon) looking into the incident.
After Moore investigates the incident the fingers point towards the Mexicans Valentin (Soto) and his brother Poco (Martinez). The Man playing along with the investigation, Moore doesn’t quite believe everything he is seeing.
Thoughts on The Quarry
The Quarry is a slow-moving thriller following a drifter who takes the role of the towns new preacher. Only for the mystery about who he really is coming to light, leading to the local sheriff trying to figure out what is really going on. The pace fo this film is very slow, which not much suspense about the crime that has happened leaving us not feeling completely interested despite the all-star cast. We do get the idea of the racial tension between the white America and the Mexican locals always looking down on them. But by the end, it just doesn’t get bought forward enough. The location does show us just how small the town has become the only place the people would have to survive in the world consuming them slowly.
Final Thoughts – The Quarry is a disappoint and slow movie that just doesn’t get going.