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  • Drama
  • 2015
  • Christopher Smith
  • 93 mins
  • 15

Summary

A troubled LA law student drunkenly commits to a revenge plot against his stepfather. Crime thriller, starring Tye Sheridan, Emory Cohen and Bel Powley.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Echoes of director Christopher Smith's chiller Triangle here, as three people become enmeshed in a neo-noir Hitchcock riff set against a clever construct of parallel timelines. Harper (Tye Sheridan) blames his stepfather for the car crash that put his mother in a coma, so one drunken night he strikes a deal with lowlife thug Johnny Ray (Emory Cohen) to murder him. When Johnny Ray and his reluctant stripper girlfriend Cherry (Bel Powley) show up to put the plan into action, the narrative splits in two, Sliding Doors-style, to explore both story options. In one, Harper goes to Vegas for the killing, in the other, he stays to frantically deal with the regretful aftermath. Smith uses every trick to keep interest high and ramp up tension - skewed angles, split screen, film noir references, lighting homages to artist Edward Hopper - and it all works surprisingly well, given a few lapses in logic and some self-indulgence.

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Credits

Cast

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HarperTye Sheridan
Johnny RayEmory Cohen
CherryBel Powley
VincentStephen Moyer
Officer Mike AndrewsGbenga Akinnagbe
FrankJohn Lynch
PaulJared Abrahamson

Crew

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DirectorChristopher Smith

Details

Theatrical distributor
Bulldog Film Distribution
Released on
2017-05-26
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse
Formats
Colour
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