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The Local (2008)

Dan Eberle , Karl Herlinger , Dan Eberle  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Dan Eberle, Karl Herlinger, Maya Ferrara, Beau Allulli, Paul James Vasquez
  • Directors: Dan Eberle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vanguard Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GHHHCO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,050 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Local" on IMDb

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A desperate drug runner ensnared in the Brooklyn underworld takes one last shot at redemption by rescuing the heroin-addicted daughter of a wealthy businessman. Noname is a man with a troubled past, and no future in sight. He runs drugs for a group of psychotic veterans; a simple way of surviving for a man who's never amounted to anything. When a wealthy stranger offers Noname a healthy paycheck to conduct a dangerous urban rescue mission, the gruff criminal eagerly accepts. Noname's boss has hooked the businessman's daughter on heroin, and he's currently holding the girl in his heavily fortified hideout. The job won't be easy, but should Noname succeed in rescuing her, he vows to give up his self-destructive ways and finally do something meaningful with his life

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you don't want to see the usual stuff.... September 24, 2010
By jenny
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Realist, gritty, strong, disturbing, provocative, thoughtful, creative well made film about the journey of despair and hope. Characters and situations are multidimensional and therefore real. Violence is not gratuitous but has a purpose. Creative use of audio. Good film that may not appeal to a huge audience. Popularity does not necessarily make a good film.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This "movie" is comparable to stepping in dog doo-doo January 4, 2013
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Couldn't even make it to 15 mins. Hated the characters, hated the theme, hated the feel. "Gritty"? Nah...missed it by a mile. Annoying, like stepping in dog foo-doo.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad acting, terrible dialogue, ridiculous plot. December 6, 2009
By Joe R.
Format:DVD
When I read the synopsis for this movie I figured it would be worth ninety minutes of my time. Unfortunately, once I begin watching a movie I must finish it. I don't know anything about the director, who also starred in and wrote this horrendous independent film. I just hope no one other than himself has invested any money in it. About half way through the film I was wondering if perhaps Eberle had a sense of humor when he wrote this. It was that bad. He tries to relate a theme of redemption and change through this violent, highly implausible drug drama set in Brooklyn. There are so many holes in the plot that it always feels like you're watching the movie from the middle. Here's a little breakdown of the plot:

Protagonist-apparently just out of jail, trying to survive by being a low-level drug delivery guy. He gets beat up a lot. He's tough but tries not to kill anybody.

Main plot- drug delivery guy has the chance to rescue some other guy's daughter from the clutches of a drug lord. everything else in between is meaningless.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie December 11, 2009
Format:DVD
This movie is smart and engaging with striking and artistic cinematography. It has the unique ability to appeal both to people who prefer action/violence and people who prefer movies with a softer, compassionate side. The storyline is sweet and redemptive even though the characters are all in a pretty bad place in their lives and there is a lot of violence and drugs. The violence only serves as a means to make the viewer feel even better when the redemption does happen, much like the disonance in great works of classical music that comes before the resolution. It is also a reminder that no matter what place people are in their lives, we all still share the common ground of being human beings with the possibility to change our lot in life.

The Local is an essentially American film, not only because it is shot in Brooklyn, New York but also because it celebrates the ever-present capacity to change your life that our system enables.

Another thing I love about this movie is that there are multiple storylines happening simultaneously. This makes the movie constantly engaging on many levels as you can't wait to catch up with each plotline. The layers of emotion weave into each other as one story is heartbreakingly sad and in the next moment, another story is fraught with suspense, while another has a moment of levity.

I highly recommend checking this movie out.
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