Cypress Edge Release Date: 2000 Genre: Drama | Thriller Director(s): Serge Rodnunsky (Paper Bullets, Newsbreak) Writer(s): Serge Rodnunsky (Rodentz, Tripfall) Starring: Damian Chapa, Ashley Laurence, Rod Steiger People are always jumping out of cars in Cypress Edge. In fact, that’s how every chase scene begins. Since this is a no budget cheapie, though, they jump […]

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Cypress Edge
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Drama | Thriller
Director(s): Serge Rodnunsky (Paper Bullets, Newsbreak)
Writer(s): Serge Rodnunsky (Rodentz, Tripfall)
Starring: Damian Chapa, Ashley Laurence, Rod Steiger

People are always jumping out of cars in Cypress Edge. In fact, that’s how every chase scene begins. Since this is a no budget cheapie, though, they jump out when the car has come to a full stop rather than, you know, jumping out when the car is in motion as they do in real movies.

Serge Rodnunsky, who had previously directed a batch of efforts that didn’t obtain U.S. distribution, randomly busted out a few films that all wound up being released by MTI Home Video in the early twenty-first century. These included Paper Bullets (with James Russo), Tripfall (with Eric Roberts), Fear Runs Silent, and three others. While I enjoyed Tripfall despite a wacked out, misdirected Eric Roberts, Cypress Edge is a mostly boring mess with an uninteresting lead and a wobbly story.

Senator Woodrow McCammon (Steiger) is reunited with his estranged son Beau after his daughter commits suicide. While Woodrow McCammon is played by the best actor in the bunch, he’s not the central focus of the story. Instead Beau McCammon is at the center of things, and it doesn’t take long for Beau to be tipped off by two shadowy FBI agents that his sister’s death may not have been a suicide. Enter Beau’s equally untalented ex-girlfriend and a painfully bad Brad Dourif as maniac Colin, and Cypress Edge comes tumbling down.

Cypress Edge is one of those movies that doesn’t do much beyond boring you. It’s not absurdly bad like so many direct-to-video films of this kind. It’s just bland, and never once managed to rope me in.

There’s a reason why more than half of Rodnunsky’s films never received distribution in the U.S. He’s just not that good.

DVD: Barebones.

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