Corbin Nash is a crime noir horror film that tells the tale of a police officer with a chip on his shoulder. After being told the truth about his parents deaths, he takes matters into his own hands. When things go wrong from doing so, our antihero, Corbin Nash, is murdered and becomes something much worse than a cop with a vendetta.
The film, which is directed by Ben Jagger and co-written by himself and brother Dean Jagger, has enough of the genre’s most beloved in this film to make the metaphorical panties wet of any horror nerd who still carries a torch for nostalgia. Rutger Hauer, Malcom McDowell, and the one and only Corey Feldman, to name drop a few of the “Hall Of Famers” from the top billed cast.
Corbin Nash is shot exceptionally well. Its dark and gritty feel gives the film substance; making the viewer feel the intensity of each scene. That’s something filmmakers strive for–but some never quite accomplish. Set design also helped give the vibe of what I think the Jagger brothers wanted to achieve.
Most of the acting in Corbin Nash was run of the mill–which is mostly fine. Even Corey Feldman’s typical over-the-top performance had a place in this particular universe which made his inclusion entertaining instead of unbearable. The best performance undoubtedly comes from Dean Jagger. He’s able to showcase his versatility with strong acting, athleticism, and admittedly ruggedly handsome complexion and chiseled shirtless physique (for those who need a new genre crush to drool over).
Unfortunately, I can’t celebrate the film’s narrative quite as much. Frankly put, Corbin Nash is a beautiful disaster. Questions I had from the beginning of the film that went unanswered had me wanting to buy a Ouija board to contact Robert Stack and ask for help with these unsolved mysteries. Also, with all the praise I have for for this one, it was hard to get past the second act without taking a moment to do a Google check to see what the hell the official plot was. It takes a strange action turn with very little horror involved. The third act revs back up fast and hard; however. We get to experience the darkest, grittiest, most explosive part of the film–but things end abruptly with the intent of making us beg for more. That said, this reviewer is fine leaving things where they land.
What Corbin Nash feels like is an opportunity to not only showcase Dean Jagger’s talent as a lead actor, but also Ben Jagger’s talent as a director. While the film itself might not be a home run, I will certainly be following the two and am already excited to see what they can do next. You can check out Corbin Nash this Friday April 20th, 2018.