Trouble Is My Business
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Special two-disc collector's edition! Contains both color and black-and-white versions of the film. Detective Roland Drake falls for two sisters from the Montemar family. One woman is dead and the other wants to kill him. Passion, murder, and betrayal. Just another day at the office.
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After a prior missing persons case ended in disaster, private investigator Roland Drake (played by director Konkle) finds himself down on his luck. Work has dried up, he has recently received some unwanted attention from the press and his office is about to be foreclosed. Then he finds a beautiful Femme Fatale at his desk. Katherine Montemar requires Drake to help her find her missing father. Although he is reluctant at first, Konkle accepts the job and they soon find themselves in bed together. Things then take a turn for the worse, when Drake wakes up in blood-soaked sheets with Katherine missing. Confused, Drake is soon paid a visit by Katherine’s older sister Jennifer (Brittney Powell) who now wants Drake to find both Katherine and their father.
Soon, Drake finds himself in a web of lies, treachery and deceit alongside some shady characters including his former partner Lew MacDonald (David Beeler), the hard-nosed and rather dodgy police detective Barry Tate (Vernon Wells) and the wicked Montemar matriarch Evelyn (Jordana Capra). It was great to see Vernon Wells in this production. Many readers out there will fondly remember his performances as the chain mail-wearing villain Bennett in the action classic Commando and when he wore the red Mohawk as Wez in Mad Max 2: Road Warrior. Other die-hard film fans will recognise Brittney Powell from (a personal guilty pleasure of mine) Airborne alongside Jack Black and Set Green in early roles. As a matter of fact, all the cast give good performances, with some over-the-top line delivery that help generate laughs and intrigue to great effect, especially Konkle who seemed to have a whale of a time in front of, and behind, the camera.
The production design is rather excellent. Konkle and his team transport us to the 40’s with the help of some small and neat details mixed with great set dressing and lighting. Talking about the sets, the team used a mixture of real locations alongside green screen. Whilst some scenes are obviously crafted using cgi, some are done so well that only fellow filmmakers will be able to tell. The score, by composers Thomas Chase and Hayden Clement works very well with the imagery, even if it seems to be playing constantly in the background.
It’s obvious to tell that a hell of a lot of hard work and effort was put into creating Trouble is My Business, it is a labour of love for all those involved and it should certainly be applauded. With a small budget, many filmmakers would have easily opted to create something on a smaller scale, yet this production team went all out. They set out to make a love letter to all things noir and they certainly succeeded. Trouble is My Business is a lot of fun and worth checking out. - Carl Burgess
As an angst fan, I think the story works very well, especially with Drake's voice narrating, and the letter at the end kept it within bounds without "fooling the viewer" in any bad ways. The surprising twists kept coming!
My favorite line is still, "Possibly..." It perfectly encapsulates who Drake is with that one word and made me care about him from the start.
Another great aspect of it was the manservant, Rivers. The acting (and directing) to make his part work was impressive. He goes from background to twisted so fast, it took me a minute to catch up! The mysteries in the film were creepy and cool, and I loved the hat flip trick.
I was impressed with the love scenes, too. They were as different as the women were, but not awkward, and they had chemistry. When Drake said one was lust and the other was more, it was believable.
The music was great and the banter between Drake and the women was tightened up beautifully. It flowed well, like a real conversation, without being too rapid-fire.
I also liked the cabbie and the building handyman. Tom Konkle, Vernon Wells, all the cast, and especially Britteny Powell were excellent. Awesome work. I couldn't wait to own a copy and now I will get more as gifts for my friends.