Edward Abramson, Mohan Vaidyanathan, Ranelle Golden (executive), Johnny Alonso (executive) for Macro Vision Films, Rock House Productions
directed by Ranelle Golden, Johnny Alonso
starring Darius Autry, Johnny Alonso, Erin O'Brien, Andrew Rogers, Allison Meister, Kevin Winn, Eliza Kelley, Richard Cutting, Rex Seaton, Irv Becker, ChloŽ Marie Rhoades, Michelle Lewis, Sump James, Desiree Marie Velez, Tim Lewis, Christian Vallejo, Kendall Baklor, Kim Polland, Jude Biancone, Faith Glionna, Sal Martingano, Joe Mattei, Dale Nemeth, Kurt Van Zyl
written by Ranelle Golden, Shawn Golden
Harvey (Darius Autry) hates his life, and he hates pretty much
everybody, and he hates his job at the bowling alley, a job he cannot quit
because he has to support his alcoholic mother (Eliza Kelley). And on the
plus side, his co-worker Madison (Allison Meister) is pretty much the only
person he doesn't hate. He actually cares for her in a very brotherly way.
So it pains him to see John (Kevin Winn), a regular about twice her age,
constantly hitting on her, and in a very creepy way. Thing is, John and
his friend, constantly complaining Karen (Erin O'Brien), are the alley's
best customers and are friends with the place's owner, Keith (Johnny
Alonso), who's mostly taking their side in disputes. One night, Harvey
pretty much loses it, and he gets roaringly drunk, then drives over to the
bowling alley to mess the place up - to stumble upon the dead body of
John, his head smashed with a bowling ball. He takes a few pictures and
takes off. The next morning, he has forgotten most about the other day ...
and walks into work to be questioned by the local sheriff (Andrew Rogers),
as it appears John has gone missing - his body has not yet been found, but
before long the sheriff is convinced that Harvey has actually murdered
him, what with their feud having been pretty public, and his lack of a
proper alibi. Of course the sheriff couldn't be more wrong, but there are
certain parties desparate to unload the blame on Harvey, and he himself
isn't even 100% sure that he didn't do it ...
interesting film that's in equal parts thriller, character study and small
town satire, and that uses its relatively slow pace to its advantage, to
let its story unfold very gradually, getting suspense out of small
situations rather than spectacle, and thus keeping the tension and mystery
high, even if the facts are all dished out in an as is manner. And
a very clever script, a subtle directorial effort and a competent case
make work things work just right and keep things entertaining throughout.