‘Disturbing the Peace’ Review: Guy Pearce Marshals This Ruthless, Pointless Western

The Playlist | 1/18/2020 | Michael Frank
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When you look at the filmography of actor Guy Pearce, you see classics like “L.A. Confidential” and “Memento” beside box office and critical duds like “Factory Girl” and “Seeking Justice.” Active since before 1990, Pearce has worked with great directors, impressive co-actors, and played a plethora of roles. Continually, he veers back in the direction of films surrounding law enforcement and the spheres that circle this section of the world.

Pearce’s new film, “Disturbing the Peace,” finds the actor working in familiar territory. Playing small-town marshal Jim Dillon, Pearce’s only clear direction from York Alec Shackleton (“211”) is to ooze an aura of cool. The film follows Dillon as he deals with a new threat of a biker gang in his city, fighting them with a myriad of odd tactics since he will not pick up a gun. Dillon killed a fellow Texas Ranger ten years prior, you see, a Ranger who happened to be his partner. Wearing aviator glasses and talking in tough-guy phrases like, “I don’t like people keeping tabs on me,” Pearce’s Dillon teams up with his new partner and rookie Matt Reynolds (Michael Sirow) to take down the biker gang.

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We meet quite a few other townspeople over the course of the film. This includes the quirky and Dillon-hating mayoral candidate Roger Cochran (Luke Martin Collins), the local cafe bartender/owner and Dillon’s love interest Catie Reynolds (Kelly Greyson), and gang members with names like Diablo, Big Dog,...
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