'Rushlights' Unrated Director's Cut VOD: Superb Neo Docudrama American Gothic Noir

Rushlights Reviews

The Vertical Entertainment VOD discharge of the unrated director's cut from the "Based on True Events" 2013 Josh Henderson (from the TNT "Dallas" series) noir-thriller "Rushlights" demonstrates streaming is not just for previously released and not-ready-for-primetime material. This production implies that this format could also be used to demonstrate the general public the film that the studio suits do not want you to see. In this instance, in all probability it is the full extent with the violence in some scenes.


"Rushlights" writer/director Antoni Stutz states within the press materials because of this release that "this cut from the film is closer to a few things i (Stutz) had in mind initially. Its [sic] edgier. 'The gloves are off' if you like." We like; oh yes, we do.

The next YouTube clip with the "Rushlights" trailer shows the actual way it uses the actors and setting to good effect.

Stutz commences with the classic noir set-up of experiencing Henderson's Billy meet fellow loser Sarah at the diner where she works as a waitress until something better arrives. Mutual flirting begats a hot-and-heavy R-rated lust scene, which begats panicked night-time contact from Sarah to Billy.

The get your booty over here call relates to the current death from the roommate of Sarah. This begats Billy and Sarah going to a little Texas town to perpetuate a scheme to get a large inheritance to which they lack a rightful claim.

Both leads play their parts well; the portrayal of Billy appears to be an audition piece for Henderson in reference to his subsequent role since the grown-up John Ross Ewing on "Dallas."

This make an effort to pull the wool on the eyes of the (presumed) sheep-ranching community triggers the bulk of the previously mentioned elimination of the gloves. The quantity of bloodletting and the creative manners by which Satutz achieves this should satisfy every fan with the modern type of thriller. A climatic scene near the end particularly will not disappoint in this regard.

Stutz further excels in adding twists that maintain the audience guessing. Any noir fan sees that deceit permeates the Billy-Sarah relationship, however the reveals in regards to this are unexpected. The same thing goes with a lesser extent concerning the sibling rivalry between local sheriff Bob Brogden (whom Beau Bridges perfectly portrays) and younger brother attorney Cameron (whom Aidan Quinn nicely plays).

Stutz additionally borrows from the horror film genre in providing a few false endings before finally putting everything to rest. The seemingly final carnage is the start of the end.