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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 07.15.19] thriller

It's very likely that at some point in your life, you've worked a job you didn't like or perhaps even downright hated. Most of us endure until we can get out or are forced out but sometimes, things get ugly. The latter seems to be the case in Burn.

Melinda (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) and Sheila (Suki Waterhouse) work at a gas station. Sheila is the more personable of the two while Melinda is quiet and a bit of an oddity. Most nights are pretty boring but on the night in which Burn unfolds, things get downright strange. Billy (Josh Hutcherson) tries to rob the place but he botches the job and ends up a hostage to Melinda who turns out to be just a tad more than "strange" and before you know it, the entire station is going up in flames.

Writer/director Mike Gan's feature film debut seems to hit on some of the quirkiness of nightshift work but what's most appealing about the trailer is Cobham-Hervey whose performance appears to elevate the movie from a mediocre drama to a character study of a misunderstood outsider.

Burn opens theatrically and will be available on VOD on August 23.

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