"When Boston Police Detective James Doyle's (Eric Dane) partner is killed in an ambush, a clue sends him to Nantucket in the lonely off-season. A murder mystery unfolds, one that draws the guilty and the innocent into its vortex. As Doyle hunts the killer and the killer hunts him, he discovers that things are not always what they seem to be on the Grey Lady." That is the official description for Grey Lady, now available on DVD and Digital from Anchor Bay and Lionsgate, which has provided NewTechReview with a NFR copy for review.
Grey Lady is the moniker given to Nantucket Island by local residents during the off-season because of its eerily quiet and foggy shores. It's the perfect backdrop for a murder mystery, and it's no coincidence that writer and director John Shea resides there. Well-known for his first film Southie, Shea has attempted to bring us another crime drama influenced by the criminal underground of Boston, and while the many twists and turns of the plotline may keep viewers interested, it may also turn them off because at times it seems overly complicated.
The film starts off well enough with a bit of action as Dane and his partner Maggie respond to a 911 call, which then ends up being a setup with Maggie's death as the result. Things begin to go awry, however, when we learn that Dane's sister was also mysteriously murdered recently and his Aunt Lola has disappeared. Add to that the strange reluctance of the local authorities as well as the introduction of a love interest, and you tend to have too many mysteries and plotlines happening at once.
Since Grey Lady is a DVD release, there's not much to say about the technical aspects, but because the film was shot on location in Nantucket, the picture provides the perfect setting for this type of film. The soundtrack also lends appropriate support to the story, helping to intensify the feeling of suspense when necessary.
Although Grey Lady starts off in the right direction, things then become complicated and a bit chaotic as we're presented with a few too many twists and turns in the plotline. However, depending on your disposition, you may not mind a bit of confusion and the chaotic aspect of the script will definitely keep you guessing. So, I'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not this film may pique your interest.
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