'The Killing Jar'
(Michael Madsen, Harold Perrineau, Amber Benson, Jake Busey, Danny Trejo, et al / DVD / R / 2011 / IMAGE Entertainment One)
Overview: Working the late shift at a remote diner turns into an unrelenting nightmare for waitress Noreen (Amber Benson) when she and six customers learn of a nearby murder spree that’s connected to a mysterious stranger (Michael Madsen) who just walked in the door. A hostage situation quickly erupts, resulting in shocking outbursts of violence and even more startling revelations they could have never anticipated!
DVD Verdict: The jist of this movie is its core too, for when a mysterious stranger (Michael Madsen) enters a diner after news of a killing spree, the waitress and the six customers begin to think this stranger is the killer!
Is he? Could be! Anyway, after taking control of the situation the stranger begins to uncover secrets of the hostages. Indeed, not everyone is who they seem to be. How he goes about this is very stretched believability wise, as I wouldn't tell him sh*t, to be honest. But, then we wouldn't have a movie!
Anyway, he kills some and holds the rest hostage with the remainder just holding tight, wondering if it's their time next. And so, the title of the film comes full circle as they are trapped, like fireflies in a jar.
In the end, and not to give it away, the 'who does he kill next' act never gets old, the truthes revealed are unexpected (in most cases), there's blood and dead bodies galore, and a case with a lot of money is involved too - plus, a nice twist ending, for sure! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of: