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Marina Antunes [Film Festival 12.02.17] Canada thriller drama

2017 is proving to be the year of Jack Kesy. Thought the young actor had already made a bit of a splash on FX’s “The Strain,” his breakthrough came earlier this year with his memorable performance as Roller on the first season of the addictive crime drama “Claws” and his star continues to rise with a number of movies coming in 2018 including an appearance in the Death Wish remake.

In Juggernaut Kesy takes the reigns to deliver a memorable performance as Saxon, a troubled young man returning to the small town where he grew up to find his once alcoholic father has found god, his brother was instrumental in bringing a prison to the town and in turn heralded as a hero and perhaps most troubling, his mother has died, apparently from a suicide. Saxon finds it impossible to believe and when he discovers the police never investigated the death, he takes matters into his own hands.

With the help of an old fiend, Saxon begins to pull at the lose threads surrounding his mother’s death and the more he pulls, the more constrictive his world becomes and soon, he finds himself at the centre of a manhunt.

Writer/director Daniel DiMarco has arrived with a superb debut feature. Juggernaut is a great family drama that sprawls to encompass an entire town and in the end, consumes more than one inhabitant. There’s intrigue and mystery, double crossing, likeable bad guys and unlikeable family members. There’s gorgeous cinematography from Patrick Scola who captures British Columbia’s Interior in such a way that it looks like the New Mexico desert and a haunting score from Michelle Osis to bring it all together.

As good as all of the aesthetics are, Juggernaut lives by the performances, particularly Kesy who seems born for this role of tough guy with a soft centre. The movie gets its title from a nickname given to Saxon in his teens and as the story unfolds, it’s clear that it’s perfectly suited; he will push forward at all costs and regardless of the consequences.

Stephen McHattie often turns up as the asshole and he continues his tradition here as the all-knowing save providing both advice and muscle. Amanda Crew rounds out the cast as the sole woman in this stable of characters and she more than holds her own though her character is, disappointingly, largely sidelined in the movie’s second half.

It’s been a great year for indie thrillers but Juggernaut is so good, it deserves a spot alongside Wind River as one of this year’s must see titles.

Recommended Release: Wind River

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