AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL 2012
By Don Simpson | October 25, 2012
Director: Derrick Sims
Writer: Derrick Sims
Starring: Michael Ray Davis, Thor Wahlestedt, Elise Rovinsky, Blake Logan, Maurice Mejia, Dean Denton, Joel Gray, Jeremy Holden, Richard Ledbetter, Thomas Moore
Ah, the moral dilemma of accidental murder. Add a bit of immaturity and grogginess to the recipe and you are probably onto something… The problem is when you force the uncertain uneasiness of border disputes to the mess, that things get suddenly — well — muddied.
For better or worse, Come Morning focuses on a grandfather (Michael Ray Davis) who takes his grandson (Thor Wahlestedt) out on an ill-fated hunting expedition. The story revolves around the fact that they both aim and fire at a target in the brush that happens to not be a deer. They are both given excuses — the grandfather’s grogginess and the grandson’s naivety — but neither excuse completely pardons them from the guilt associated with their deeds. Of course their immediate response is: how do we cover this up?
If Come Morning has anything going for it, it is its ability to force its protagonists to exist in guilt. Forgiveness — especially self-forgiveness — does not exist in Siims’ cinematic universe. You must be prepared to kill whatever you shoot, in this world…