(2020) (Shea Whigham, Michael Shannon) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramatic Thriller: After killing the man, a fugitive assumes the identity of a pastor who was about to start working at a church in a small West Texas town.
An alcoholic preacher, David Martin (BRUNO BICHIR), on his way to a new job leading a small church in the West Texas town of Bevel finds a never-named man (SHEA WHIGHAM) on the side of the road. He gives him a ride, but as he keeps pushing the man to open up and confess his sins, the man ends up killing David and decides to assume his identity.
Arriving in Bevel late at night, he stays in a spare bedroom offered by Celia (CATALINA SANDINO MORENO) who occasionally has police chief John Moore (MICHAEL SHANNON) over for sex. That's despite her being cousins with Valentin (BOBBY SOTO), the local drug dealer who employs his pre-teen brother, Poco (ALVARO MARTINEZ), in his line of work.
Few locals attend the church, but "David" continues to go through with the ruse, although his emotionless demeanor -- including reacting to Valentin and/or Poco having broken into "his" van -- makes Chief Moore wonder what's up with him, a sentiment shared by Celia. Things eventually come to a head when the pastor's body is found and Valentin is accused of the crime, something he knows is tied to the new man in town.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Some older teens might have a passing interest, but that's probably it.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For some violence and language.
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