If “drugs” could be a main character, Harvest Sky nails it; the story revolves around drug trading across the Canadian border with nearly every scene featuring a pill or powder. To be fair, it’s not too far from the sad truth. Maine leads the nation in prescription drug abuse, and is a setting not too often seen on the big screen.
Unfortunately we’re stuck with Casper and drugs for the whole film. He’s terribly unlikeable, and it’s a real shame that every glimpse of a shining light cast upon him is immediately shut down by powers outside his control. Dom and the surrounding town prove that the most clichéd drama can happen anywhere, save for a stellar performance from Aiden Gillen (“Game of Thrones”, “The Wire”) as Clayton, Casper’s drug-dealing father.
Yet, just as we get sick of the played out drama, the film takes a turn in the final act, ramping up energy we never knew it had, finally bringing us something of substance. The end is a little out of left field and might leave you scratching your head, but somehow still manages to fall in line with its predictable plot points.
The camerawork is a nice touch. Cinematographer Steve Calitri is on point with shaky cam – nothing overbearing – and Maine’s natural landscapes are beautiful enough to keep watching. Just don’t expect anything lifechanging.