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About the Movie
After witnessing his partner killed in the crossfire of a blackmail scheme gone bad, a low-rent detective links her death to a mysterious suicide at Niagara Falls. Driven to know why, he's drawn into an elaborate conspiracy to control a design torn from the fabled missing notebook of revolutionary inventor, Nikola Tesla.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 15
- Fresh: 12
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The American Side shows glimmers of ingenuity, both with its use of Tesla mystique and with atmospheric location work that makes Buffalo a presence.
Fresh: True to form, the screenplay... is barely coherent in its explication of the convoluted plotline. But it does provide a fair share of hard-boiled, frequently amusing dialogue and a plethora of colorful characters.
Fresh: While The American Side may not quite achieve the classic thriller tone to which it aspires, it does create an enjoyably hard-boiled world.
Over A Barrel
This film is a low-budget masterpiece, a movie-making masterclass. A riddle, inside an enigma, wrapped up in a garlic sausage.
Brimming with rummy wit & cynical sang-froid, the screenplay keeps pace with its rightful progenitors—Hammett, Spillane & most of all the incomparable Raymond Chandler.
And all of this directed & co=written with great bolsjy-buffalo-balls of fire by A CHICK!
With dames like Jenna Ricker with a finger on the trigger, the Bechdel Test withers like a shell-schlocked snowflake & into Marxist shadows where it belongs, in the supply cabinet next to the the toilet paper.
It’s a win-win for connoisseurs of Gin-ema, complex & vague, even hostile to its audience, like the hard-knocks of real life, but shorter & less boring.
So cuddle-up with somebody you don’t trust & slide on over The American Side.