Netflix Movie Review: “Small Crimes”


Hollianne Sebrosky , Staff Writer

Small Crimes was released to Netflix in 2017. It is a movie directed by E.L. Katz and starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Robert Forster, and Jacki Weaver. E.L. Katz is most notably known for directing Cheap Thrills. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is widely known for his performance of Jaime Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Robert Forster is known for his role in Jackie Brown as Max Cherry. Jacki Weaver is known for playing Dolores in Silver Linings Playbook. It wasn’t good or bad, it was an okay movie. There are not many significant things to say about it. It can get kind of hard to follow at times if you’re not really paying attention. There are no opening credits presented at the beginning of the movie. The story follows Joe, a disgraced cop, who was recently released from a 6 year sentence in jail for attempted murder. He returns to his hometown to try and redeem himself, but he gets caught back in the mess he left behind. The story is told the day Joe leaves jail. Throughout the movie, we find out what how Joe got in jail and the lives he ruined. We don’t know until later in the film how Joe got in jail, the circumstances around the attempted murder charge, and who he hurt as we only see what the protagonist sees. Joe loosely wears a buttoned shirt and slacks. This makes him appear to look like deadbeat and a homeless man. The characters appear to be realistic throughout the film. The film’s soundtrack adds a dark feeling to the movie. The dimmed and dark lighting makes the movie feel more ominous. The character’s dark actions and intentions convey a deep theme. One of the messages the audience learns when watching this movie is sometimes when people say they will change, they never actually do. Joe goes through the struggles of addiction. He struggles with alcohol and cocaine. He used to be a respected member of the community and now he does not have any dignity and is looked down upon. Even his family looks down upon him now. The film’s overall message is no matter what you do or no matter how far you run from your past, it will always catch up with you.