Lake City is reminiscent of a lot of great, rarely seen filmsfrom Come Early Morning to Raggedy Manbut the possibility that a movie will ever remind you of Lake City is slim to none.
Filmmakers Hunter Hill and Perry Moore cant seem to agree on a tone for the film, which eventually results in a roulette wheel of genres. Dont like the small Southern town character study featuring Lucinda Williams songs? A flick of the wrist, and you have a high-energy action movie about drugs, complete with cheesy action-movie music! Not interested in another movie about a dead child? How about an adult coming-of-age flick?
All of these movies uneasily coexist under the umbrella title of Lake Cityalong with Rebecca Romijn as the worlds most unlikely recovering alcoholic police officerwhich is a shame because Sissy Spacek can be found wasting a genuinely affecting performance in this mess.
As the mother of a wayward son (Troy Garity) who reappears without warning on her doorstep with emotional baggage, small child and drug kingpins in tow. Both weary and edgy in the films first scenes, Spaceks panic attack at the sight of a woman having a seizure on the grocery store floor is a triumph of minimalism.
Unfortunately, shes saddled with a back story involving a pickup truck and a dead child. By the time an SUV is chasing her through a cornfield in the films ludicrous climax, the tender and low-key moments are long forgotten.
-- Lake City Directed by Hunter Hill & Perry Moore, Running Time: 92 min. --