Basically a more modern, less daring In the Heat of the Night (Review)
Gene Hackman is terrific here, while Willem Dafoe and Frances McDormand do their usual (great) thing. Michael Rooker also shines early here, though sadly he isn't given much screentime. Really, very few people outside of our cover-gracing duo and (to a lesser extent) McDormand have much presence or dialogue.
Most characters don't exactly progress or reveal more of themselves, but they do push their willingness to go to greater lengths as the flames rise.
The cinematography features lots of effort and a few interesting ideas, though it can feel a bit more scene to scene than consistently thought through. Likewise, the pacing is a bit uneven. Combined…