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Now while the cinematography is what originally lured me in to the film, it was the character driven story lines and superb acting that kept me on the edge of my seat. I found it rather interesting that more than once, I felt like I was invading these character's lives. A sort of, fly on the wall, if you will. Robert Ethan Gunnerson did an amazing job of bringing his characters to life, and I look forward to his future projects. He definitely has a bright future ahead of him in the entertainment industry.
Taking the starring role, Peter Facinelli (The Big Kahuna, Scorpion King, Fastlane) delivered a first rate performance the former police officer turned drug addict, Paris Pritchert. Called upon more than once to deliver a raw and emotion filled performance, Facinelli not only embraced his role with a passion, but executed it with flawless precision. It was truly one of his most memorable roles to date, and I think that only further opened my eyes to the still untapped talent he possess. He is truly a master of his craft.
The plot shares some similarities with both Taken and Gone Baby Gone, but the tone is a lot closer to the cinema of the seventies, particularly Cassavetes. Fans of that era will find a helluva lot to savor here.
Peter Facinelli is shockingly good as the ex-cop turned dealer, proving himself to have been criminally underused over the years. Between his work in this, the excellent Touch the Top of the World (where he played the first blind man to climb Mount Everest), and his devilish work on Showtime's Nurse Jackie, it's easy to see Facinelli becoming another Clooney -- an actor who for many years was seen as a familiar, handsome face, who then showed serious chops in his mid-to-late thirties and became a household name.
If the movie has a flaw, it runs a tad long at 113 minutes. That said, it's a far richer and more rewarding sit at that length than Transformers is at 2.5 hours.
Arc is one to seek out, Gunnerson is one to watch, and Facinelli is one to reconsider.
Two things make this film stand out. First is Facinelli's totally believable take on a drug addicted, dealing ex-cop who still wants to solve a big case to make things right in his mind. And secondly the filming style mix of black & white, slight color add-ins, and tunnel camera montages. The hand-held camera thing does irritate a great deal of people, but they did it in such a way here that it does not detract from the themes. There is a point in most of the film being devoid of color, especially when the last scene plays out it wraps the reasoning up for most.
The story follows our lead character through a week in his life where everything he has done personally and professionally all comes crashing together in a string of epiphanies. Not much should be said about plot details, but the recommendation can remain strong on some very believable performances, unique filming style, and a strong message of never giving up on what you believe can make your life right. A strong R rating for sexual situations, violence, lots of drug use and language.
The DVD contains little supporting material but is an owner for those fans (both new and old) looking to prove this guy has a strong variance.
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love Peter Facineli but this was not one of his best movie that I ve seen it was okay could been betterPublished on July 1, 2014 by J. M. Thomas-anderson
Strange movie, but with a captivating story... Very good performance from Oeter facinelli as the tormented Paris.
The dvd version is pretty simple...