Lisa McNamee, Fiona Graham (executive), Tony Graham (executive) for Guerrilla 12
directed by Fiona Graham
starring Robert O'Connor, Raymond S. Kinsella, Toni Bailey, Michael O'Flaherty, Neill Fleming, Robbie Kane, Owen Martin Griffin, Rory Mullen, Pat Halligan, Eoin Quinn, Paul O'Bryan, Moe Dunford, Gordon Rochford, Brian McHale-Boyle, Darren Balfe, Sean Markey, David Harte, Steve Halpin
written by Fiona Graham, music by Jeremy Howard
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Michael (Robert O'Connor) and Daniel (Raymond S. Kinsella) have been
working for crime kingpin Tony (Michael O'Flaherty) for way too long
without getting ahead - well, that's how they see it anyhow, but the fact
that they might not be particularly bright might have quite a bit to do
with it. Anyways, eventually they decide to rob a small videostore,
knowing that the owner has quite a bit of money in its safe, and the
storeclerk is a young girl, Jessie (Toni Bailey), who can easily be
overcome. The also know the store receives deliveries after hours once a
week, so that's the best way to get in and out unnoticed.
The heist goes
better than expected, Michael and Daniel don't only get their hands on the
money but also a package of drugs worth a small fortune. Sure they had to
knock out Jessie and almost killed her, but hey, that's collateral damage,
right? Well, not only wrong, but Jessie's also Tony's beloved niece, and
he would do everything for her, and every cruelty in the book to those who
hurt her - and suddenly Michael and Daniel find themselves in a fix.
Fortunately, they are not identified as the perpetrators right away and
actually asked by Tony to "investigate" in the matter, but being
not the brightest, they manage to worsen their situation by the minute,
and it's not long before Tony tortures one of them, and the other turns to
the one person Tony would not expect him to turn to - Jessie ...
Nixer is one of those little genre films that really rises up to its
task to tell a compact genre story that's not too big for its budget,
doesn't try to be über-cool, and doesn't try to hide its own shortcomings
behind a plethora of genre quotes. Instead it ... just tells an
entertaining story carried by black humour, likeable loser characters, a
totally amoral approach, and perfect pacing that sees to it that this
relatively small movie never loses steam.
Very nice, actually!