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MIDNIGHT IN THE SWITCHGRASS

"A Good vs. Evil Story, but Without Much Good"

Content: -4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
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What You Need To Know:

MIDNIGHT IN THE SWITCHGRASS is a crime thriller that follows an FBI agent and Florida State officer as they track down the serial killer behind a number of unsolved murder cases. The murders take place across the panhandle of Florida and appear to be connected to prostitution and sex trafficking. Rebecca, the FBI agent, and Byron, the state police officer, agree to find the serial murderer together. After a failed sting attempt, the killer kidnaps Rebecca. Will Byron get to her in time and bring the killer to justice?

Despite some stars, there’s little worthwhile in MIDNIGHT IN THE SWITCHGRASS. The movie is sometimes suspenseful, with abundant jeopardy. However, it substitutes interesting character development for disturbing scenes that do little to move the story forward. The most developed character is a mass-murderer and sexual predator, so it doesn’t feel like a win for the good guys when justice finally prevails. Even worse, the villain turns out to be a Southern, Christian “redneck” who talks about God and sings hymns. Media-wise moviegoers will find MIDNIGHT IN THE SWITCHGRASS bland, cliché, obscene, and abhorrent.

Content:

(PaPaPa, AbAbAb, C, B, LLL, VVV, SS, A, DD, M)

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong, slightly mixed pagan worldview with very

Foul Language:
At least 82 obscenities (including more than 50 “f” words) and six profanities, including two or so GD and JC profanities

Violence:
Intense violence throughout, while not bloody, prostitutes are seen being choked, beaten and killed, several dead bodies are shown, no rapes depicted but it’s implied that the murderer is sexually involved with his victims in some way, and a man is stabbed with a screwdriver

Sex:
No sexual immorality in a non-violent context, but there are themes of sex trafficking and prostitution, it’s implied the murderer is involved sexually with his female victims in some way, and a man is aroused when he sniffs the clothing of females that he’s murdered

Nudity:
No explicit nudity, but some of the prostitutes wear inappropriate clothing Alcohol Use/Abuse: Alcohol throughout, while at a bar a man offers a drink to a girl but drugs her

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
The serial killer uses drugs to kidnap his victims, several characters smoke cigars;

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Kidnapping.

More Detail:

MIDNIGHT IN THE SWITCHGRASS is a new crime thriller that follows an FBI agent and Florida State officer as they track down the serial killer behind a number of unsolved murder cases. MIDNIGHT IN THE SWITCHGRASS has lots of jeopardy and some positive moral, redemptive elements, but the bland acting, bad pacing, excessive immorality, and strong anti-Christian content make this movie not worth the watch and abhorrent.

A man pulls over to the side of the road to go to the bathroom and finds a dead girl in the riverbed. Byron, the Florida State officer in charge of investigating a string of similar murders, arrives at the scene. While he believes the murders of young prostitutes in the Pensacola area are connected, he’s taken off the case.

In the meantime, the FBI are hunting down the killer by going to the source. Rebecca is working with her partner, Karl, as she goes undercover as a prostitute. She makes some headway in the investigation after running into one of the leaders of a sex-trafficking scandal.

Byron is angry he’s been taken off the case and decides to pursue leads off the record. Another murder takes place, and Rebecca and Byron meet for the first time. They agree to find the serial murderer together and set off to avenge the girls who’ve been killed.

However, after a failed sting attempt, Rebecca is captured by the killer. Will Byron get to her in time and bring the killer to justice?

MIDNIGHT IN THE SWITCHGRASS is suspenseful in places, with lots of jeopardy. However, it substitutes any substantial or interesting character development with psychosexual scenes that do disturbingly little to move the story forward. When the most developed character is a mass-murderer and sexual predator, it doesn’t feel like a win for the good guys when he’s finally brought to justice. Even worse, the villain turns out to be a Southern Christian “redneck” who talks about God and sings hymns. Media-wise moviegoers not only will find MIDNIGHT IN THE SWITCHGRASS bland, cliché and obscene, but also abhorrent.