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Don McKay (DVD Review)

30 May, 2010 By: Angelique Flores

Prebook 6/1/10; Street 6/29/10
Box Office $0.01 million
$27.98 DVD, $35.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for language and some violence.
Stars Thomas Haden Church, Elisabeth Shue, Melissa Leo.

With a vanilla title like Don McKay, it’s hard to set any expectations on this film. It turns out to be equal parts drama, black comedy, horror and thriller, making it one weird ride.

The eponymous character is played by Thomas Haden Church, who also executive produced the film. Don is a single, lonely janitor who sends letters each year to his high-school sweetheart, Sonny, whom he left behind.

Finally, 25 years later, Sonny (Elisabeth Shue) writes back. She tells him she’s dying and wants to spend her last days with him. Immediately, he goes back to his hometown to see Sonny, who is single and now being cared for by creepy live-in nurse Marie (Melissa Leo).

As clues to both Don and Sonny’s respective past are hinted at throughout the film — and the body count is set to one — things begin to seem frustratingly strange. It’s unclear what is going on, who is telling the truth and why no one is asking certain questions begging to be asked.

Finally, the tangled plot quickly unravels at the end with an unexpected surprise ending. And all the questions running around throughout the film get an answer.

Don’t expect a happy Hollywood ending here, but do expect a fulfilling adventure, no matter how twisted, and even sad, it turns out to be.

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