86 Melrose Avenue (2021)

As a diverse group of people enjoy a gallery opening , an ex-Marine suffering from PTSG takes all of them hostage, forcing them to confront everything from past sins, cultural biases and the fact that not everyone is going to make it out alive.

Writer, producer and director Lila Matta also made 2014’s Life Gets in the Way.

This movie tells the story of the four minutes that it takes for the gunman to walk into the gallery and the police to arrive, broken up by the flashbacks of how everyone got here. It’s an interesting way to tell the story of such a small — but significant — moment in all of these characters’ lives.

Dade Elza, who plays the Marine, is decent in this. He’ll be part of the upcoming Scooby-Doo series Mystery Incorporated as Fred. If you’re a fan of Parks and Recreation, keep an eye out for Jim O’Heir as a cop at the end. He was the clumsy Garry/Jerry on that show.

86 Melrose Avenue is now available on demand.

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