“Blow The Man Down” (Review) – A Thriller with Good Story and Characterization

“Blow The Man Down” (Film Review) – A Thriller with Good Story and Characterization

Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, “Blow the Man Down” – directed by Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy – is a very well-made thriller set in Easter Cover, a quaint fishing village. The film is now streaming on Amazon Prime and has garnered rave reviews for its story and characterization.

“Blow the Man Down” follows two sisters Priscilla and Mary Beth Connolly who are attending their mother’s funeral, anticipating an uncertain future in the absence of their mother. After having an altercation with Priscilla, Mary leaves the house to a nearby bar where she meets Gorski. Later, they both leave the bar and after ramping the vehicle, Mary sees blood inside the trunk of Gorski’s car. She tries to leave the place, but Gorski tries to attack her. This is when Mary ends up killing Gorski.

As Mary returns home with blood on her clothes, Priscilla dials for the cops but eventually changes her mind. Both sisters then stuff the body in a cooler and dispose of it in the sea. Meanwhile, a girl’s body washes off on the shore and cops start an investigation and find the deceased girl as Dee.

The story of “Blow the Man Down” then throws light on the town’s backstory, as Officer Coletti questions Enid, the old lady who runs a brothel named Oceanview, and Dee was one of the girls. Young officer Brennan suspects Enid of the girl’s murder but Coletti does not agree.

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Meanwhile, Enid finds out about the Connolly sisters’ involvement in the murder of Gorski and tries to blackmail them. In the town’s backstory, we get to know the relationship between Connolly sisters’ mother, Oceanview owner Enid, and a few other ladies in the town who actually run the whole town. The murder mystery, even though, is not that suspenseful, nicely builds a story with a very interesting depiction of characters and an intriguing narration.

The New England fishing town, in which independent women take the call while men only lend their helping hand, narrates an interesting tale of relationship, sisterhood, and the view in which the female line sets the house in order. We don’t see this matriarchy notion in our films very often. This way, ‘Blow the Man Down’ is refreshing to watch.

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Directors and co-writers Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy did not try to make the story too complicated while bringing in the required amount of thrill with a subtle depiction of characters. Each actor, including the older females, certainly added value to the story, as we see the three ladies play the role of mother figures to the Connolly sisters and hence try to fix the murder case. The last scene is indeed great to watch. I cannot reveal more, as we expect everyone to watch “Blow the Man Down” which will prompt you to ask for more from these filmmakers.  

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“Blow the Man Down” – Movie Plot and Other Details

Welcome to Easter Cove, a salty fishing village on the far reaches of Maine’s rocky coast. Grieving the loss of their mother and facing an uncertain future, Mary Beth & Priscilla Connolly cover up a gruesome run-in with a dangerous man. To conceal their crime, the sisters must go deeper into Easter Cove’s underbelly and uncover the town matriarchs’ darkest secrets. – Amazon Studios

Written and Directed by Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy
Starring: Morgan Saylor, Sophie Lowe, Annette O’Toole, Marceline Hugot, Gayle Rankin, Will Brittain, Skipp Sudduth, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, June Squibb, and Margo Martindale.
Music by Brian McOmber and Jordan Dykstra
Cinematography: Todd Banhazl
Release Date/Year: April 26, 2019 (Tribeca Film Festival); March 20, 2020 (Amazon Prime Video)

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