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Bad Turn Worse

Three teens try to fix a crime with a second crime in this indie neo-noir

When two of this film's characters start talking about Jim Thompson pulp novels in the first reel, it's a good bet that events will go badly. Also: when the opening scene is a robbery. And indeed, Simon and Zeke Hawkin's indie drama tracks three teenage friends (two boys and a girl) in rural Texas as they try to make up for one crime by committing another.

The crime aspect of the story treads familiar ground, but the film does function better as a small-scale character study of young people who process the wide open spaces of Texas as stifling rather than liberating. That destructive malaise and some nice cinematography help give this neo-noir some verve.

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