‘The Killing of Two Lovers’ Reinvents the Dysfunctional Family Drama by Making It Thrilling to Watch

‘The Killing of Two Lovers’ Reinvents the Dysfunctional Family Drama by Making It Thrilling to Watch
It only takes a matter of seconds for “The Killing of Two Lovers” to justify its title. David (Clayne Crawford), bearded and disheveled, hovers in a bedroom with a pistol in his hands as his wife Nikki (Sepideh Moafi) sleeps alongside her new boyfriend Derek (Chris Coy). It’s a riveting start to writer-director Robert Machoian’s , which reinvents the clichés of the dysfunctional family drama by making them thrilling to watch.

Needless to say, David’s not quite ready to pull the trigger, and the camera chases him out the door as he catches his breath. Caught between caring for his ailing father (Bruce Graham) and begging Nikki to let him back into her life, he’s either hit rock bottom or floating just above it. The movie huddles alongside him as he attempts to fix a broken household well beyond repair.

Moments after the breakneck suspense of its opening passage,
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