Lately, independent films have been falling largely into three categories: gratuitous bloodbath, meandering thinly-veiled autobiography, or extended metaphor for some obscure inside joke. That's all well and good if you're a film student. But Drawing Down the Moon is what the rest of us expect of a movie: entertainment.
This film has a coherent, but not predictable plot, innovative premises, and *superb* acting across the board. An idealistic young woman attempts to start her life over from scratch, establishing a homeless shelter on nothing but charisma, religious faith, and sheer insistence. Her run-ins with the local drug syndicate (headed up by familiar talent Walter Koenig) quickly dampen her ironclad certainty that if a thing is right, it can not fail - but by then she's in too deep to bow out without endangering the people who've stood by her.
Framed in terms of esoteric mathematics (chaos theory) and magic (the title is a reference to the Wiccan religion), Drawing Down the Moon is as much a coming-of-age drama as it is an action-adventure thriller. It's certainly a violent film - there are numerous fights, and deaths - but the characters react appropriately to tragic events, and there's nary a pottymouth in the entire cast of characters. In a time when most filmmakers are banking on either huge budgets or moral shock value to sell their work, Drawing Down the Moon succeeds on story, suspense, and credibility. Definitely see this one if you can.
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