By Johnny MARTIN

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Thriller - Completed 2016

A police detective who served as a marine in Iraq takes justice in his own hands after a horrible crime.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Thriller
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Duration
    • 99 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Johnny MARTIN
    • Writer(s)
    • Producer(s)
    • Michael MENDELSOHN
    • Synopsis
    • Fourth of July, Niagra Falls. TEENA MAGUIRE parties at her boyfriend
      CASEY’S house, her twelve-year-old daughter BETHIE in tow. It gets late, and Casey is too
      drunk to drive them home. Despite his protests, Teena insists on walking home with Bethie.
      They cut through a park, where MARVIN and LLOYD PICK are smoking crystal meth with
      their friends FRITZ and JIMMY. Marvin and the others ambush Teena and Bethie and drag them
      to a boathouse.
      They fight back, but it’s no use. The vile, repugnant men begin to overtake them – but Bethie
      gets away and squirms into a narrow opening behind a stack of boats, where she is forced to
      listen to her mother’s brutal rape.
      Hours later, DETECTIVES ZWAFF and DROMOOR drive
      through the park and see Bethie staggering out of the boathouse, mumbling about her mother.
      They enter the boathouse, and find Teena nude, badly beaten. Clinging to life.
      The doctors manage to save Teena. Under the watchful eye of AGNES, Teena’s mother, Bethie
      identifies the assailants from file photos of known criminals in the area. Dromoor and Zwaff drag
      Marvin, Lloyd and Fritz from their homes and take them to the police station, where Bethie
      fights off her nerves and identifies all three in a line-up. It seems like an open and shut case.
      Except it isn’t. IRMA PICK, the repulsive mother of Marvin and Lloyd, convinces their father
      WALT to mortgage their house to hire JAY KIRKPATRICK, an oily, amoral defense attorney.
      At a pre-trial hearing, Dromoor watches with disgust as Kirkpatrick destroys Teena’s reputation
      and account of the attack. He advances an alternate theory of the crime, suggesting that Teena
      approached the men offering sex for money, but tried to renegotiate the terms afterwards and
      attacked the men. They defended themselves and left the scene, at which point a separate group
      of men arrived and raped her. It’s a farfetched, crazy theory, but it intimidates Teena and causes
      her to break down in the courtroom. And Bethie cannot corroborate her mom’s story, because
      she was hiding at the time of the rape.
      It appears the men will get away with their heinous crime. Agnes tells the prosecutor that Teena
      won’t testify in court. Teena falls into a funk. A deep depression. Dromoor sees her out at a bar
      one night and brings her home safely.
      Overcome with anger over the events of July 4, Dromoor decides to take action.
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