The Quarry (2020) Plot
Out in the vast expanse of West Texas, a preacher named David Martin stumbles upon an unconscious man by the roadside. Now, David’s on a mission to become the new preacher in the quaint town of Bevel. As they venture toward their destination, they come across a rugged quarry that’ll soon become the center of their fates.
But here’s where things take a dark twist: that mysterious man who David helped out? He turns the tables, violently ending David’s journey and heading straight for Bevel. Once he arrives in town, he cunningly takes on David’s identity, fooling everyone around, including Celia, who’s linked with Chief John Moore from the local sheriff’s department.
Bevel isn’t all charm and quiet though. Celia’s cousins, Valentin and Poco, are entangled in some shady dealings at the quarry – growing marijuana of all things. Their lives intersect with the unfolding drama as they swipe David’s stuff, turning it into evidence against themselves. This tale takes a serious twist when they get caught at the quarry, but the real shocker comes when the Chief unearths David’s lifeless body and pins them with a murder charge.
Now, here’s the kicker: the imposter’s charismatic ways win over the church crowd. His non-judgmental approach has them believing he’s a godsend. Chief Moore, though, smells something fishy. He’s got a hunch that points towards the fake preacher, but the evidence just won’t fall into place.
Then, it’s a rollercoaster. Valentin steps up, owning up to the murder to save young Poco. But Valentin’s escape turns into a shootout, Chief Moore firing shots as Valentin slips into the darkness. And in an unexpected twist, the imposter crosses paths with Valentin again. Secrets spill out, confessions are made – the imposter admits to not only killing David Martin but also having offed his own wife and her lover. Valentin’s rage boils over, resulting in a fatal blow to the imposter before his own wounds claim him.
The story doesn’t end there. Celia and Poco, linked by the tumultuous events, make a choice to leave Bevel behind, setting out on a new journey together. And so, in the backdrop of the rugged beauty of West Texas and the enigmatic depths of The Quarry, this gripping tale unfurls, filled with deception, redemption, and the complexities of human nature.
The Quarry (2020) Cast
- Shea Whigham as The Man
- Michael Shannon as Chief John Moore
- Catalina Sandino Moreno as Celia
- Bobby Soto as Valentin
- Bruno Bichir as David Martin
- Alvaro Martinez as Poco
The Quarry (2020) Review
I’d rate it a solid 3 stars because we’ve got 3 fantastic actors who really shine. But, there’s a little hitch – when it comes to Celia and Wingham, their characters aren’t exactly gripping. Now, Shannon’s a whole different story; he’s got a meaty role, and boy, does he nail it. That’s easily the movie’s standout aspect. When I caught this flick, I was secretly hoping for a breakthrough moment for Wingham. You know, that big role that makes you go, “Wow, he’s arrived!” I’ve always had faith that he’s got something special up his sleeve, and I still believe it’s true. It’s just a bit of a downer that the writers didn’t cook up a character with enough layers to really bring that out.
I’m a sucker for neo-noir vibes and those snug small-town setups. This whole thing had the potential for greatness, but it kind of fell short of making the grade. But hey, don’t take this as a “skip it” sign. Go ahead and give it a watch, ’cause Wingham’s still got that magic touch even with the cards he’s been dealt, and Shannon – oh boy, he hits the bullseye.
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