COURTESY PHOTOMark Pellegrino is good as the bad guy in “Bad Turn Worse

‘Bad Turn Worse’ a worthy indie crime thriller

A protagonist’s early reference to Jim Thompson sets the tone for “Bad Turn Worse,” an above-par genre indie about crime, class and loserhood in a small Texas town.

Directed by newcomers Simon Hawkins and Zeke Hawkins, the story centers on three friends in their late teens: nowhere-bound, destructive B.J. (Logan Huffman), striving, decent Bobby (Jeremy Allen White) and B.J.’s romantically shifting college-headed girlfriend Sue (Mackenzie Davis).

After B.J. robs sociopathic Giff (Mark Pellegrino), Giff forces all three young people to steal money from his gangster boss (William Devane). Complications and betrayals occur.

The screenplay provides nothing extraordinary, and the heist and love-triangle elements feel frustratingly familiar at times. Yet the Hawkins brothers make the action compelling, nicely capture small-town dead-endedness, and provide emotional voltage throughout.

Peformances, too, are impressive, with Pellegrino a standout as the baddie.

REVIEW

Bad Turn Worse

three stars

Starring: Mackenzie Davis, Jeremy Allen White, Logan Huffman, Mark Pellegrino

Written by: Dutch Southern

Directed by: Simon Hawkins, Zeke Hawkins

Not rated

Running time: 1 hour, 32 minutes

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

SF e-scooters burst into flames in Golden Gate Park, ex-contractor reveals

Photographs obtained Wednesday by the San Francisco Examiner show the charred remains of at least two Skip e-scooters

SF politico who authored vape ban takes money from JUUL lobbyist, returns it after media call

Supervisor Shamann Walton made national news after he proverbially smoked e-cigarette company… Continue reading

8 months later, SF has yet to put new conservatorship program into effect

Implementation of SB1045 delayed by need for superior court approval

Stories of political struggle on tap for SF Opera’s 98th season

‘Fidelio,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Der Zwerg’ come to War Memorial

Chinatown fixture Yuet Lee prepares for New Year with new leadership in the kitchen

Although Chinese New Year is a holiday, at newly anointed legacy business… Continue reading

Most Read