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The American Side is an ambitious thriller that seems like it takes place in the past. The film concerns Charlie Paczynski (Greg Stuhr), a private investigator who becomes entangled in a mysterious suicide, government conspiracies, and the inventions of Nikola Tesla. Paczynski’s car and outfits suggest the 1970s, there’s a distinct lack of cellphones, and, as Tesla becomes more central, the story takes on a slight element of the uncanny that could have been pushed further.

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