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The Loner

USA 2019
produced by
Kris Salvi
directed by Kris Salvi
starring Marc Powers, Samantha Webb, Dustin Teuber, Craig Capone, Sheri Lee, Kate Eppers, Ryan Nunes, Emily Shaffer, Ryan Schneider, Griffin Hay, Justin Thibault
written by Kris Salvi

short

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Frankie (Marc Powers) may be past his prime, but as a hitman he's still effective and loyal to his boss - but he screwed up one hit, and now his higher-ups have put a hit on him, which he learns though from Anthony (Dustin Teuber), a fellow hitman but also his friend. Initially this enrages Frankie and he wants to fight back, roughing up and/or killing those he believes behind the hit, then he thinks of revenge, including selling the mob to a crooked cop (Emily Shaffer) he sometimes makes dealings with, but ultimately he sees his condition is terminal, and he tries to tie up at least some of the loose ends of his life, like making up with his former "girlfriend"/favourite prostitute Akita (Kate Eppers) or apologizing to the daughter (Samantha Webb) of the one man, a friend, he didn't want to kill (but did anyway) in his line of duty ...

 

Starting out as a mob tale in the Martin Scorsese, this half hour short soon evolves into the much more intimate realm of a character study, giving its lead character a rounded out personality that goes beyond, sometimes contradicts gangster movie clichés, ultimately painting a very empathetic portrait of a basically not very likeable guy. And of course a strong central performance, with a solid supporting ensemble, as well as a subtle directorial effort giving lead Marc Powers the room to breathe, help make this a very cool and unusual genre movie.

 

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