The American Side

2016

Drama / Mystery / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 79%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 80%
IMDb Rating 5.3 10 2435

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Director

Cast

Camilla Belle as Emily Chase
Janeane Garofalo as Agent Barry
Matthew Broderick as Borden Chase
Robert Forster as Whitmore
720p.WEB
953.15 MB
1280*544
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 43 min
P/S 4 / 41

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Dirk_van_den_Berg 3 / 10

Great potential, wasted because of too much ambition

God, what this film could have been. Solid actors, good and sometimes great cinematography, extraordinary locations and a plot around Nikola Tesla's secret inventions. And it is even decently produced. But man, why why why did nobody realize the script was not at that same level at all??? Why did nobody stop the film's development until it was??? I don't know the director but the old rule of cinema says that it is almost impossible to make a good film out of a bad script. "The American Side" is a textbook example to that rule. There are plot holes everywhere, the characters are all overdeveloped on some narrow aspects that make them "authentic" in the moments - mostly the scenes that introduce them - but not enough to render them credible. The male protagonist's motivations shift continuously and although we learn about many of his habits, at the end we have no clue who he really is and what makes him tick. The worst is that plot- and story-logic are both awfully flawed in so many places that to call this film a "thriller" would be an insult to the genre. Again, I am not saying this to be mean, but because it made me sad to see so much potential go wasted so badly.

A film about Nicola Tesla's secret inventions would have deserved a better story, a better writer, and probably a better producer (not sure about the director, see above).

There is not much more to say about this. No, this is not an indie, this is unfortunately not a film. And that is REALLY a pity. Really.

Reviewed by quincytheodore 5 / 10

There's style on the noir drama, but logic and continuity are sparse

For a specifically tailored thriller, "The American Tide" might satisfy the fans of classic genre with its suave cinematography, brash dialogues and distinct plot surrounding Tesla. However, many of the characters are thrown in haphazardly, the subplots pile in while the detective moves forward and aside from a couple of catchphrases there's not much connection to be had.

At first look, the movie has all the signs of noir, it's only lacking the actual word plastered on the opening title. The visual is engaging, using a slight modern touch for the lingering last century style, heavily resembling Art Deco. The camera angles are finely tuned and nicely position for romantic effect, which is definitely a boon to establish any scene of this nature.

The characters trade banter with bravado, this might be entertaining for a brief period yet it's not a substitute for full character development. In many points the plot moves by introducing new people or twist, although the writing feels like many short stories sewn in together with only one lining.

The most glaring obstacle is it doesn't provide sense of urgency or threat, the plot progresses, or stumbles forward, but the drive for characters is timid. It is visually pleasing and filled with noir elements, but it's only partially riveting.

Reviewed by danielchiarilli 9 / 10

engaging, tense thriller

I'm a Buffalonian and a Buffalo booster, so I am admittedly biased, but it was thrilling to see my hometown, Lockport and Niagara Falls on the big screen, and in ways I've never imagined before! Greg Stuhr and Jenna Ricker's vision is both fresh and retro, the plot is complex and engaging, full of unexpected twists that require close attention. I'm not a noir buff, so I caught only some of the visual, audio and plot references to iconic noir, but this knowledge isn't necessary to totally enjoy the film.

The acting was really good. Greg Stuhr makes a convincing hard-boiled detective. The script is sharp, with some laugh out loud one liners. The score - by David Shire - is perfect. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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