In this woozy thriller from writer-director Tim McCann, a drug addict (Sam Trammell) becomes fixated on the idea of presenting a necklace to his estranged wife (Missy Yager) on their wedding anniversary. But when the pendant winds up in the hands of a criminal ring led by a sadistic femme fatale (Vanessa Ferlito), the addict resolves to do whatever it takes to get it back. Trammell’s performance is noteworthy for its commitment—he spends the majority of the film in a cold sweat—and the character’s Odyssean journey through a squalid southern underworld is packed with ideas about the karma of lies and of lapses in judgment. Unfortunately McCann’s eerie atmospherics and masterful weaving of flashback sequences into the narrative can’t save the movie from encroaching cliché.
All Mistakes Buried
1 hour 21 min • 2015