An aspiring young film maker is asked to direct his best friend's suicide as it's captured on film. Hilarity ensues...

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An aspiring young film maker is asked to direct his best friend's suicide as it's captured on film. Hilarity ensues...

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A surprising indie discovery!
3 March 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

"Gunplay" is solid proof that independent film can be successful and entertaining without the aid of big-budget special effects and production. This low-budget indie steals the hearts of the audience through the story and the performances. The film is quite shocking in its depiction of angst-ridden Matt Hoffman and his obsessive desire to protest society's conventions through his ultimate sacrifice. Warren Draper is a favorite as Carl, the producer hoping to cash in big through his involvement. Anthony Contreras is likable in his portrayal of the sheepish best friend Steve, and Mark Sherman is appropriately dark as the moody Matt.

Co-writers Steve Emerson and Jim Sterling have provided a strong foundation for the actors with their delightfully sadistic satire, and Sterling takes a turn in front of the camera as (fittingly) "Jim", a lumber-yard worker with dreams of attaining Hollywood stardom. The prosthetics and special-effects are strictly low-tech, but it adds rather than detracts from the film's charm. Also notable is the original score by Kristopher Carter, whose classical-flavored music plays against the bloody on-screen images.

"Gunplay" hopefully will be headed for underground popularity in the midnight slot at film festivals, but it ultimately will serve as a unique calling card for the talented Emerson-Sterling team.


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