Rian Johnson (2005)

15 Certificate


Our Score
How you react to this odd but undoubtedly promising debut movie will depend on how receptive you are to its bizarre conceit - that a bunch of contemporary high-school students would start talking and behaving as if they're straight out of a Dashiell Hammett novel (albeit with more swearing). The plot is similarly hard-boiled. Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a preternaturally tough-natured teen who reluctantly investigates the mysterious disappearance of his ex-girlfriend (Lost's Emilie de Ravin), only to be pulled into the grimy underbelly of school culture and come up against the sinister criminal figure of "The Pin" (Lukas Haas). Rian Johnson's film is deliberately complex and stylishly done, but it suffers from the familiar teen movie problem of a cast that is patently too old for college, let alone high school. Conversely, the odd juxtaposition of a classic genre with a cast that is too young to participate in it convincingly does occasionally, and unfortunately, bring to mind Bugsy Malone. These criticisms aside, it's undoubtedly a daring, often well-made debut.


A tough high-school loner investigates his girlfriend's disappearance, only to get drawn into a world of crime and corruption when he finds and conceals her body. He begins searching for the meaning behind her cryptic final phone call to him - leading to a conflict with shadowy drug dealer `the Pin'. Mystery drama, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emilie de Ravin, Lukas Haas and Nora Zehetner.

Cast & Crew

Brendan Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Laura Nora Zehetner
The Pin Lukas Haas
Tugger Noah Fleiss
The Brain Matt O'Leary
Emily Emilie de Ravin
Dode Noah Segan
Assistant VP Trueman Richard Roundtree
Kara Meagan Good
Brad Bramish Brian White
Director Rian Johnson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingGuidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 May 2006