Robert Palmer II (executive), Mario Cerrito III (executive), Bernard Glincosky (executive), John DiRenzo (executive), Cameron S. Mitchell (executive) for Cerrito Productions
directed by Mario Cerrito III
starring Bernard Glincosky, Julie Stackhouse, Jessica Cameron, John DiRenzo, Kieran Boyle, Kristina Aponte, Connie Romano, Jason Boyle, Sonny Vellozzi, Tom Schmitt, Donna DeGregorio, K. Andrew Deffley, Gina Marie Scholl, Jennifer M. Kay, Frank Williams, Nora Paller, Mario Cerrito III, Paul DelBuono, Robert Palmer II, Cory Kastle, Andrew Hunsicker, Jen Ndini, Anthony F. Cicali III, Mario Cerrito IV, Derek Timm, Benjamin Ricciardi, Sal Marchese, Joseph Bottino, Erik Paller, Melissa O'Donell, Blake Reim
written by Mario Cerrito III, music by Andrew Mendolia
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Michael (Bernard Glincosky) seems to have fallen on the sunny side of
life, he excels at his job as a realtor, he's got a dream home, a lovely
wife, Karen (Julie Stackhouse), and a loving son, Lucas (Kieran Boyle).
Sure, he has walked over a few people getting where he is, including some
colleagues at work whom he tricked out of their accounts, and Karen's ex
John (John DiRenzo), his "best friend" whom he stole her from,
but that's really minor hiccups in an otherwise perfect life. Perfect ...
until Lucas is kidnapped from his front lawn in broad daylight - and the
kidnapper demands Michael to kill 6 random persons in the next 24 hours,
threatening to kill Lucas otherwise. Now Michael might not be a perfect
specimen, but he's not a killer at heart - but for his son he'd do
anything - so he meticulously plans to commit the killings during a house
showing the next day, including where to hide the bodies and everything.
At first it's hard, but after a few murders he grows numb and even tries
to lure his own cousin (Tom Schmitt) into his death trap - but still,
killing six people is quite a challenge for an untrained person, and being
one person short, he sees his time run out. But he'd literally do anything
to save Lucas ...
Genre fave Jessica Cameron plays one of Michael's
The Listing raises a very
interesting question: How far (low) would you go for the one you love, and
one might argue that the film's protagonist goes several miles too far.
But that said, the film's main objective is not to have a sterile
discussion about the topic, but to tell a compelling story, and to so in a
very cinematic way - and this way it manages to help us root for the main
character even though we know his actions are totally wrong, objectively
speaking - and that's of course made possible by a clever script, an
inventive directorial effort, and also a strong central performance
(receiving solid support from all involved). And the result is a really
tight psychological thriller that manages to shock without going all-out
spectacle, and keep its audience entertained throughout.
Worth a look