Small Engine Repair may be one of the best thrillers of the year, it features the best performances by an all-star ensemble led by Shae Whigham and Jon Bernthal both of which are in top form.
While I was watching this movie, I thought to myself, that this could be a play. In a good way, however, that it’s set in only a few locations and never has more than five actors in a single scene. The actors in this movie will make your arms have goosebumps throughout the runtime of the feature.
The direction from John Pollono who also wrote Small Engine Repair does a masterful job creating the dysfunctional family atmosphere throughout the film, along with the cringe-worthy level of toxic masculinity that will make you not miss grade school friends at all. Jon Bernthal is perfect at bringing out toxic masculinity in his performance you may think that he is Kenny Powers’ long-lost cousin.
The first two acts of the movie may throw a lot of audience members off, with hardly any tension involved in the movie but it is obvious that John Pollono is about quality over quantity here. When the surprising and stunning final act arrives, it will shake you to your core. The ending is so satisfying and uncomfortable to watch, you will want to be blown away by Small Engine Repair again by starting it over.
Overall grade: 5/5 stars
Written By: AJ Friar