The Standoff at Sparrow Creek ★★★★★

Like the first time I saw Chinatown or Blow Out, the final moments of The Standoff At Sparrow Creek are a powerful punch in the gut that left me completely speechless.

Sparrow Creek builds toward a chaotic ending that feels less and less preventable as the minutes go by. It’s an end that the men morbidly look forward to, as though it were their duty to carry out a suicide mission and martyr themselves against their own fears. That fear becomes more and more relatable as their paranoia seeps through the screen, infecting you like an airborn pathogen. The tension of The Standoff At Sparrow Creek chains you to your seat, unable to escape, until the credits roll and you see that the chains were never really there, and all that held you was a mania of your own making.

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