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First Snow (2007)

Guy Pearce , Piper Perabo , Mark Fergus  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Guy Pearce, Piper Perabo, William Fichtner, Steven Michael Quezada, J.K. Simmons
  • Directors: Mark Fergus
  • Writers: Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby
  • Producers: Bob Yari, Bryan Furst, Chris Miller, Dave Gare, Ernst-August Schnieder
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VECADU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,342 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "First Snow" on IMDb

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Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential), Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly) and JK Simmons (Thank You For Smoking, Spiderman 1-3) star in this intriguing thriller about a man whose life spins out of control after psychic tells him his days are numbered. After his car breaks down in a desolate town, a slick salesman, Jimmy Starks (Pearce), visits a fortune teller (Simmons) to kill some time. But the psychic's ominous reading sends Jimmy's life into a tailspin when he learns that his life will soon end, but he is safe at least, until the first snow of the season. Now, with his ultimate fate looming nearer, Jimmy becomes obsessed with revisiting his past in hopes of changing his destiny before it's too late.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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The trouble with fortune telling is that you don't get the whole story. Even seers have limitations with the fortunes they dispense. This is the premise of another chilling suspense story starring Guy Pearce in a maverick role for which we've become accustomed since `Memento' Memento. Sharply written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostly (sp?) and keenly directed by Mark Fergus, 'First Snow' has to be one of the edgiest and most suspenseful thrillers of the year.

Jimmy Starks (Pearce) is stranded at a remote garage. His car needs servicing, and he's like many impatient businessmen on the go. He can't get repairs immediately, so he's stuck there for the evening. Moseying into the honky-tonk bar, he finds an opportunity to see a psychic in a nearby mobile home. Vacaro (J.R. Simmons, Peter Parker's boss) vends his futures according to the funds, but is quick to pick up on what Jimmy can afford. This piques both his interest and his skepticism. Soon he shares a stream of fortune: He'll be on the road before the next day. His pro basketball team, the Timberwolves, will win decisively, and he'll receive a windfall from Dallas. In the midst of their meeting, Vacaro's clasped hand shakes and trembles until he lets go. Vacaro is shaken and gives Jimmy all of his money back. Throughout Jimmy sees the experience as entertainment. All but the first proposition sounds preposterous, and the only thing that seems amiss is the refund...until fortune's hand plays out for him.

Leo, Jimmy's business partner, is a skeptic. His explanations square with most of ours: Jimmy has a Timberwolves' bumper sticker. It is the power of suggestion.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taut noir thriller April 27, 2007
This taut little thriller, directed by first-timer Mark Fergus, is a real gripper with intelligence to spare and some seriously powerful stuff. The protagonist/anti-hero, Jimmy Starks (Guy Pearce in a role that hauntingly echoes his work in "Memento"), is a salesman/con man who easily slides in and out of legit selling and shady conning. Pearce carries this off beautifully, and is ably abetted in his downward spiraling tale by J.K. Simmons as Vaccaro, the strangely prescient soothsayer, William Fichtner as Jimmy's friend Ed, and some really great unknown actors in other supporting roles, principally the actor playing Jimmy's boss, who will hopefully go on to do more work on film (he's terrific).

Jimmy accidentally meets up with fortune teller Vaccaro who accurately predicts a win by a local college basketball team that Jimmy's bet on, as well as a windfall from an on-the-level business deal that Jimmy's involved in. What Vaccaro does not predict is the riveting, ever-darker series of events that ensue when Jimmy finds out that a former partner of his in a crooked scam, Vince, is now out on parole from a stretch in the slammer.

For my money, this is the best American noir thriller of the year so far, and would make a great addition, once it's out on DVD, to anyone's library of neo-noirs. The ending in particular is really strong--always the mark of a well-made film.

Try not to miss this. It's great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Guy Pearce Does a Great Job Here December 7, 2007
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This film starts off with much promise. Guy Pearce is a really interesting actor, as is William Fichtner. Their nuanced performances are the reason for my 4 stars. Somewhere around three quarters of the way through things get a bit formulaic. Also, the women characters in this don't really hold up their end of things. That might partly be a failing of the Director and/or the script. I appreciated the New Mexican locale and the philosophical underpinnings, although this would've been better if the trajectory of the storyline had been allowed to meander into unexpected areas and the dark tone given a respite. Overall this film achieves a lot on a low budget.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The idea of this film can be summed up in a sentence: we think we are free, but the parameters of our existence are not really up to us. This is more or less stated in the opening monologue. Most decent films have a theme, usually as simple and as well worn as this one -- but in the case of this film it felt too much like the story was in the service of the theme, rather than the theme being integral to the story. That's what I mean by a "concept film" -- one that is designed around and in order to illustrate a fairly straightforward idea.

First, you have to pick a character who denies the theme -- in this case a guy who thinks life is what he decides to make of it, who thinks his destiny is up to the measure of his own ambition. Of course, he's a salesman. That's perfect, because it means he's on the road a lot -- and being on the road is a nice and easy metaphor for the path of life Then, you've got to set up a scenario that challenges his denial of the theme. In this case, it's a bit contrived: a fortune teller who predicts his demise. You've got to give him reasons to live: a girlfriend who he's not quite committed to (because, of course, he doesn't like to have his future set in stone). Finally, you've got to set up a back story that will provide the causal mechanism whereby his fate meets up with him: an old friend he betrayed, now out of prison.

Where the film starts to generate interest is in the idea that while our ultimate destiny is out of our hands -- the ultimate parameters of our existence, the fact we will die, that we have needs, etc. -- we can choose how we will meet this inevitable end. This dimension, however, is not developed very far -- our main guy just makes a shift from denial to acceptance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anything Guy Pearce is in.....
Truthfully, I've watched this several times. Have referred many people to do so.
Love this movie ---- an accurate cross section of working class - bar hopping -... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jinka1950
5.0 out of 5 stars I will be watching this again
Let me just second everything reviewer Roland Zwick says....it's so encouraging to come across an unexpected gem like this film. Read more
Published 10 months ago by NobodyImportant
5.0 out of 5 stars different kind of story
i`ve been a fan of guy pearce a long time and this is an unusual story. i had looked to buy this movie for awhile and was pleased to find it on amazon. Read more
Published 10 months ago by lynn randall
3.0 out of 5 stars strong performance by Guy Pierce, but just an average story...
Guy Pierce plays a man who is intrigued by the future, in First Snow (2006), a little movie that features some interesting characters, sets up some potentially volatile situations,... Read more
Published on August 14, 2011 by trebe
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't always trust fortune tellers
This guy gets his fortune told and spends the rest of the movie in a series of red herrings until it finally ends. A cast of mostly unknowns, though Perabo has a reputation. Read more
Published on December 4, 2009 by Bradley F. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars A Terminal Road Awaits
Guy Pearce was great in Momento - but that was a Christopher Nolan film. First Snow reminds me a bit of Momento mixed with Insomnia but with markedly less dramatic results. Read more
Published on August 10, 2009 by G. YEO
4.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful, artful thriller
Does such a thing as Fate truly determine the course of our lives - or are human beings just naturally prone to look for patterns where none may actually exist? Read more
Published on June 25, 2009 by Roland E. Zwick
3.0 out of 5 stars Brooding and atmospheric story
A moody, paranoid tale. When a traveling salesman has car trouble in a small town, he entertains himself by getting a psychic reading. Read more
Published on February 26, 2009 by scot16897
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD PERFORMANCES SAVE THIS FILM !
I am a fan of Guy Pearce and I loved 'Memento'! I was hoping for a little more out of this film. It's not bad and the actors involved give it their all, but it seems to takes too... Read more
Published on June 9, 2008 by ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat interesting but mostly disappointing
Although Guy Pearce is a great actor and really pulls through, I still expected more out of this movie. Read more
Published on May 21, 2008 by D. Landry
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