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Film Review - Burn

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Making his feature-length directorial debut, Mike Gan (who also scripts) returns to a source a major employment and criminal woe in cinema: the gas station. “Burn” examines an overnight shift for a particularly disturbed employee, who’s forced to deal with her own psychological limitations as she’s confronted with a violent situation, and Gan is tasked with using a tight location to explore an unfolding nightmare for all involved. The premise is familiar, but Gan scores big with suspense for the first hour of the movie, creating appealing agitation and intimidation as a small criminal idea expands into a hellish survival situation. There’s a lot of confidence to “Burn,” and a smart casting find in lead Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who carries the picture with exceptional commitment. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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