FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
A young Lakota Sioux, adopted by a wealthy Jewish couple in Beverly Hills, gets in touch with his cultural roots and solves a mystery in this thriller. Because of his upbringing, Jesse ... See full summary »
Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips,
Career criminal Frank plans a bank heist and sends for his buddies to help pull the job. Before his buddies arrive, he's caught, forcing his cohorts to pull the job alone. Frank soon escapes, setting off a search by the bumbling cops.
Young student finds himself being transformed to a vampire after a night with a quite attractive female vampire. First, he does not quite believe it himself, but with the help of a 300 year... See full summary »
Robert Sean Leonard,
Petey is the man on the docks who can get you anything. He can move loads on and off ships for a cut of the action. However his brother Matt is a police officer. When Matt gets put together with a crooked cop, Doc, he not only gets involved with IAD but he also finds himself followed by an investigative reporter. With the suspicious killing of Matt, Petey finds himself drawn into a deadly game with Doc, his brother's partner.
This is actually not as bad as I thought it was going to be. The story is generally quite clever, there are some nice touches, some good twists and several of the characters are well drawn. However many bits of it are clichéd and you just have to overlook this as a consequence of it being a low budget film with not great actors.
Lou Diamond Phillips is not great at all - he's far too laid back and relaxed to be believable in the lead role. Scott Cohen is better as his brother who is skating a thin line between right and wrong. Judge Reinhold is OK as the crooked Doc but again it's hard to separate him from his usual goofy roles. Rita Moreno adds a much needed touch of class in a small role as the boys mothers and is good albeit in a small role (she's probably most recognisable as Sister Maria in Oz).
Overall this is a good thriller, the leads let down a solid story but not totally. The plot doesn't take you anywhere you don't expect it to but it has a few nice twists and has a reasonable ending. Would have benefited from better actors who would have made their characters more believable.
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