Writer: Ross Owen Williams (Screenplay)
Starring: Matt Hookings, Olwen Catherine Kelly, Hannah Waddingham, Michael McKell, Justin McDonald, Alan Ford, Ian Pirie, Noeleen Comiskey
Plot: A young detective is torn apart after his wife ends up in a coma while hunting a serial-killer at the same time.
Tagline – The Edge of Perception
Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Tense Crime Mystery
Story: Winter Ridge starts as we meet detective Ryan Barnes (Hookings) about to celebrate his anniversary before an accident leaves his wife in a coma. This happens when the first sudden heart attack in the area starts.
With Sara still in her coma, the drink driver Mike Evans (Pirie) free on the streets the number of heart attacks in the area has been increasing, leading to Ryan needing to solve what seems to be a serial killer and need to learn the motives.
Thoughts on Winter Ridge
Characters – Ryan Barnes is the best detective on the force in area, he knows how to deal with the locals to be fair and strict depending on their offences. His good nature only ends up with his wife in a coma and him holding a grudge against anyone committing the same crime, this clouds his judgment when they learn about a serial killer in the area. He is grief guilt ridden man that knows and believes he is at fault for his wife’s coma. Jessica is the nurse that is on Ryan’s side when it comes to caring for his wife, she helps with information and is the ear to listen to about the pain he is feeling. Joanne runs the care home for the elderly while also being the therapist supporting Ryan through his troubles. John Faulkner is the police chief that keeps Ryan around because he knows he is the best man for the job deflecting any problems in the media circus.
Performances – Matt Hookings in the leading role is the star of the show, he is in nearly scene and we understand his grief and determination being shown. Olwen Catherine Kelly is good with her limit role in the film, with the supporting cast all giving us good performances bouncing off Hookings’ performance.
Story – The story here follows a detective that is dealing with his own personal guilt that must try to get to the bottom of a serial killer that is targeting the locals in the area. This is a mystery story to follow and as we only see how the lead detective learns different information unfolding. When it comes to this type of story we do need to be kept guessing to make everything look and feel more interesting as we try to solve the mystery ourselves (well I do). Once we learn who is behind the crimes we do get motives they believe in which is again always important and even gives us a chance to sympathise with their decision. The subplot where we see how Ryan must learn to forgive a crime against him which is unforgivable is what is great to watch, we see him keep his calm nature for the people who can’t help their crimes and turns on the ones that know what they are doing wrong. If you do like a good mystery to discover this is going to be one for you to enjoy.
Thriller – The film does keep us guessing to who is behind the crime, we get plenty of suspects which could have their own motives which helps us enjoy this more than only learning having everything pointed at one.
Settings – The film is set in a small English countryside town, which gives us the sense of community and gives us the chance to get beautiful shots of the landscapes.
Final Thoughts – This is a good mystery thriller that keeps you guessing from start to finish, uses the settings to give us beautiful shots and Matt Hookings shines in the leading role.
Overall: Must watch for mystery fans.