By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 20, 2014 at 1:33PM
5- "The Suspect," the feature debut by Stuart Connelly, stars Mekhi Phifer and Sterling K. Brown, and tells the story of 2 African American social scientists who pose as bank robbers in an effort to understand the racial dynamics of small-town law enforcement. However, their experiment takes an unplanned, deadly turn.
A small town bank robbery leads to a brutal showdown between a sheriff and a mysterious stranger in this high stakes game of shifting identities and hidden motives, starring Mekhi Phifer (ER), William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption) and Sterling K. Brown (Person of Interest). When the obvious suspect is apprehended not far from the crime scene, the police think that the case is solved, but they couldn’t be more wrong. The real crime hasn’t even happened yet. Before it’s over, two desperate men will be pushed over the line where innocent lives - and a lot of money - hang in the balance.
The thriller, produced by Connelly, Mary Jo Bartmaier, Robyn K. Bennett and Scott Aronson, also stars William Sadler, Derek Roche, James McCaffrey, Rebecca Creskoff, Lizzy DeClement and Bernadette Quigley.
Director Connelly said that he had "long been interested in America’s relationship with her people of color." The writer/director aimed to "turn on the instincts and emotions of people in the grip of deep-seated prejudice," with this film.
Does he succeed? I'll let you decide for yourselves, when you watch it.