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The Life Before This (1999)

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Several innocent bystanders are injured or killed when two robbers, fleeing from the police, run into the neighborhood cafe.

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Martin Maclean
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In Toronto, two criminals enter a café one evening and open fire against each other, leaving behind an establishment full of casualties. The stories of the day of many of those that are in the café at the time or could have been are told. Nick and Kevin are the two criminals who have just pulled off a heist, they dealing with an issue pertaining to Nick's wife, Alice. Sheena, a bridal store clerk, has had a bad history in her choice of men. She is trying to decide whether to meet or stand up her blind date for the evening. Jake, a lawyer, has defrauded one of his clients of $200,000 in the pressure he has felt in providing for his materialist wife Gwen's wants. An incident results in Jake needing to pay that money back immediately or probably be caught in his illegal actions. He has to decide if he will go to the one person he knows could help, but who he has long put out of his life out of moral judgment. Brian, a pest control technician, is having a sad day as a few incidents bring ... Written by Huggo

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live each day ... it may be your last.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Appalling piffle!
25 April 2001 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

Yet another graphic example that Canada should stick to making maple syrup and ice wine. At those we're good. The movies STINK. This is the most pointless, pretentious, pathetic picture I've seen this year. (And I've seen some pretty awful ones, most of them Canadian.) It's even more galling that my tax money helped fund this dismal exercise in cinematic self gratification. It's a pathetic tale of how several different people spend their day before they all end up being massacred in the same coffee shop by some fleeing bad guys. What the hell is the point of it? Was it inspired by the high profile Vivi Lemonis murder case in Toronto. (She was an innocent bystander shot to death in a coffee shop by three punks.) If so, why not make a decent movie about that incident? Somebody said here that at least this movie portrayed Toronto as Toronto and not NYC. Too bad. It's about as much a reason for civic pride as Hurricane Hazel and the Boyd gang. Gawd!!!!!


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