Sam is having the worst day of his life when he gets thrown off his art course and dumped by his girlfriend in the same day, he then meets a girl called Hope who gives him back his smile. ... See full summary »
A weak con man panics when he learns he's going to prison for fraud. He hires a mysterious martial arts guru who helps transform him into a martial arts expert who can fight off inmates who want to hurt or love him.
I saw DESIGN at the CineVegas film festival in June 2002. It's a complex meditation on the role of fate and free will in a person's life. One one hand, it seems to suggest that our lives are pre-determined and beyond our control to influence. But a closer reading of the film shows that the main character made choices every step of the way on the path to his ultimate situation. The stories of four or so characters interweave, though there is a main character. Especially original was the use of montages to show the different POVs of the characters. Daniel J. Travanti went above and beyond in his role, leading the cast with gripping energy, though I'm surprised no one has noted the acting performance of the writer/director - subtle yet intense, Davidson Cole can act too! Bravo for this film! Let's hope it gets distribution.
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