Courtesy of on-demand channel POPCORNFLIX, Bruce Terris’ BAD CITY is a crime/thriller that rises aboves its obviously limited budget to be a well written and both understated and masterfully performed examination of lives intersecting , often violently, at the byways of a city’s corruption.
A notable turn by all the actors, but Austin Pendleton is especially effective and indeed menacing and harrowing as the most unlikely mob boss. Unlikely casting it completely works, because of a performance that swings effortlessly between charming and endearing to sadistic maniac.
And the rest of the performances and film are likewise both comforting and caustic. A film that is far superior to most big budget theatrical attempts. Grade : Strongly Recommended. B+.