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3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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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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  • 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:
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    Not Rated
  • 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: #291,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Local" on IMDb

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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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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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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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Normally I don't like really dark films but this was so highly recommended that I had to give it a chance. I'd have to say the best part of this movie is the way it immediately sets the tone. Right away you can tell the mood and it carries through the entire film.
Dan Eberle stars as NoName - the main character - but he also wrote and directed the movie. It is difficult to tell which is his strongest suit because the story is believeable and when you see Eberle as NoName, you are drawn to him.
I hate to sound cheesey, but you can totally walk away from this movie having learned something. It is a story of redemption and you realize that if NoName can redeem himself by saving another, anyone can.
I'd recommend this film to anyone who wants to see something different - in a good way - than what is playing in theatres. This is definitely a story that will envelope you and make you think.
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