Rustic noir ‘Shot’ misses by a mile

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A Single Shot

Fate works in unpredictable ways; movies, reliant on formula, less so. A largely untapped subgenre, the rustic noir has inspired a few films over the past few years, all adaptations of novels, from “A Simple Plan” (1998) to “No Country for Old Men” (2007) to “Winter’s Bone” (2010).

Will tin shacks, forgotten hamlets, failed farms, and trailer parks replace Boston’s blue collar neighborhoods as the demimonde du jour? Not if “A Single Shot,” adapted by David M. Rosenthal from Matthew F. Jones’s novel, is any indication. So heavy on atmosphere that it’s hard to breathe, this derivative drama sleepwalks through familiar story lines despite the efforts of a first-rate cast.

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