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Walter Wayland (Tim Roth) has lead a life that many would envy. The heir to a fortune, he was educated at Princeton and then took over the family textile mill. Why then is he sitting before detectives Kennesaw (Michael Rooker) and Braxton (Chris Penn) taking a polygraph test to prove himself innocent of cutting a streetwalker in half? This stylish psychological thriller from twin writer/directors Jonas and Joshua Pate, explores the answer. Firstly Wayland is not as stable as he seems. Addicted to absinthe and suffering from epilepsy, he is also a compulsive liar who occasionally lapses into… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...a sad waste of good talent."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Explores some of the varied faces of lying and deception in our society from the inconsequential to the deeply harmful."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The brothers are talented filmmakers to watch, but they still need to recognize the fine line between cleverness and excess."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The whole film feels superimposed, while the story underneath remains frozen and lifeless."
‑ David Luty, Film Journal International
"A tight, terrific little thriller"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
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