Above Suspicion Review: Emilia Clarke Stuns in Backwoods True Crime Thriller

Above Suspicion Review: Emilia Clarke Stuns in Backwoods True Crime Thriller
Emilia Clarke single-handedly lifts Above Suspicion with a gritty and brutal performance. The film is adapted from an infamous true crime that took place decades ago in the backwoods of the Appalachian Mountains. An illicit affair between an informant and an FBI agent spins out of control with tragic consequences. Above Suspicion is loaded with drugs, sex, and violence, but plays out like a tawdry cable movie of the week.

Emilia Clarke stars as Susan Smith. In 1988 Pikeville, Kentucky, Smith lived in a trailer park with her two children and drug dealer ex-husband, Cash (Johnny Knoxville). She was beaten regularly, addicted to cocaine, and a welfare cheat to support her family. Smith yearned for a better life, but could never escape the sinkhole of her surroundings. She and Cash hosted drug-fueled parties with local hooligans.

Jack Huston co-stars as Mark Putnam, a recently promoted FBI agent with a young wife (Sophie Lowe) and newborn daughter.
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