2 items from 2013
What Doesn't Kill You, 2008.
Directed by Brian Goodman.
Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.
What Doesn’t Kill You is the personal story of writer and director Brian Goodman – detailing the events of his early life when he was involved in the Irish gangs of Boston. Although released in a limited number of screens in 2008, this film is a relative unknown due to the fact that its original distributor, Yari Film Group, folded due to financial pressures – the reason it’s taken over five years to arrive on DVD.
- Flickering Myth
There’s something of a recurring theme with my DVD reviews, that of the film with a protracted release schedule and incredibly misleading cover image. In the case of What Doesn’t Kill You the year was 2008 and the picture is that of an exploding truck surrounded by Swat cops. There’s a scene with a similar truck and some cops are involved but there’s neither an explosion nor any intense action sequence of that level.
I didn’t know what the cover looked like going in, mind, so it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the film, a ‘based on true events’ cautionary tale about two childhood friends (played by Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke) who get involved in organised crime at a young age »
- Mark Allen
2 items from 2013
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