Bill, a devoted family man, loses his job and turns to crime to support his family.
Bill Scanion, a devoted family man with a wife, two sons and an expensive property on the edge of the desert, suddenly loses his job as an insurance claims investigator for being ‘too nice’ in frugal financial times. Scared, desperate and suicidal, he wanders into a building – and accidentally stumbles across a lifeline in the form of a startled couple who mistake him for a robber and give him all their money. A mistake turns into an opportunity, an opportunity turns into a plan: suddenly Bill is a petty criminal, robbing stores at gunpoint to scrape by on his mortgage payments.
Saar Klein’s film is a morality tale that takes no sides. As Bill’s new friend, jaded policeman Frank – played by the great Jason Isaacs – proclaims: ‘There ain’t no sin and no virtue – there’s just things people do’. Wes Bentley gives a compelling performance as Bill, drawing us into his dilemma and plunging us into his frail state of mind, even making us believe that his crimes may be justified. Yet the counter-arguments for what he’s doing are also there, as bright and clear as the desert sun.