The first time I wrote about this movie (December 2011), I had one or two followers and I really loved it and one of the producers happened to see my review about it and he tweeted it out and I got a ton of views that day. That’s rightfully so since this movie is absolutely fantastic and, the next year (July 2012) I did a “Best Of My SIte” type of thing leading up to my one year anniversary and I think I had 30 followers and some folks were like “OOOHHH this sounds good – but I can’t find it anywhere”. Well, since then, our number of Good and Most Beloved Readers has grown a bit and what better time to publish this again than now, when one of the producers has let me know that this is now available on Netflix streaming in the U.S. and Canada??? There’s a couple of people that I am looking at – Misty, Chris, Kim who I think will love AMBER LAKE – Brad and Brian, I don’t know if this will be for you but this is a real gem of a movie!! I think Tyson searched it out and might have found it on iTunes UK – so – for my UK and Romanian friends – it might be out there too but I can’t fly all over the world to test : )
Anyway – here are my thought on this, once again – NOW GO SEE IT – I would never steer you wrong.
It’s always a thrill to come across some movie that you have no idea what it’s about and no expectations and it turns out to be really good. This movie looks really good, the acting is superb, the story is inventive and creative (which is so very rare these days) and told in awesome three-very-different-perspective flashback sequences to a very effectively subdued character actor Timothy V Murphy, as the local cop. This isn’t an action movie in any way, this is moody, a little tense and “character driven” that was very entertaining in a quality way. I saw this available for rental a few months ago and kept putting it off, because the trailer doesn’t do this justice – I wish I hadn’t and I would totally watch this again. All of the cast did a really good job in this – bravo to them. I also thought it was super creative the way they did the three different scenes with the truck.
Three very attractive actresses play three characters named Amber: three sisters (from three different mothers) who don’t know that each other exists that receive a hand written letter from their absentee father. One, Amber Allen (Natalie Smyka) is a joyful pixie who isn’t afraid to get in her skivvies and jump in the lake (also named Amber) with strange boys. Another, Amber Hannold (Mekenna Melvin) is a suicidal, upset reclusive type and the last, Amber Thomas (Polly Cole) is a depressed yet successful author. The father of the three is a brilliant psychiatrist who wants to get the three together and help them get their lives together since he hasn’t been involved with them in their entire existence. They all have some sort of mental problems and he stages an intervention – calling out their personality disorders like an incredible dickhead, upsetting them enough to all storm out in a rage. As that scene closes and the next opens up, the father is dead in the lake.
What follows is an interview with each of the Ambers by the cop I mentioned earlier, and each retrospective of what happened after the intervention is very different – and very cool, both from the way each Amber acted as well as the way the other two sisters recall each other’s behaviors. They also have different recollections of who it was that actually engaged the father after the incident(s) at the beach, and each have different takes on how the father reacted based on their personalities – like I said – really good stuff. I wont give away the ending – but this is as satisfying an ending as I have seen in quite a while.
I really liked Amber Lake.