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King of the Ants (I) (2003)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  13 June 2003 (USA)
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A young drifter discovers his true calling when he's hired by a mobster to stalk and kill a prominent accountant, and then decides to seek revenge when the stingy thugs try to kill him rather than pay him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Crawley (as Chris L. McKenna)
Susan Gatley
Duke Wayne
Lionel Mark Smith ...
Maureen (as Carissa Koutantzis)
Briana Beghi ...
Maureen's Daughter
Catlin Gatley
Antoine Joseph ...
Drooling Idiot
Meade Park
Gary (as Steven Heller)
Ken 'Bam Bam' Johnson Jr. ...
Apartment Kid


The handyman Sean Crawler meets the electrician Duke Wayne while painting a house and they drink a couple of beers together and have a small talk. A couple of days later, Duke offers a job to Sean, and they meet the corrupt constructor Ray Matthews in a golf club. Ray proposes Sean to stalk the accountant from the City Hall Eric Gatley, who is investigating him, and report every movement of Eric to Ray. While chasing Eric, Sean sees his wife Susan and has a crush on her. When Ray offers US$ 13,000.00 to Sean to kill Eric, he accepts, but steals Ray's dossier before leaving the crime scene. However Sean is double-crossed by Ray and is brutally tortured by the real estate mobster and his men in a lonely ranch, but he does not tell where the file is. Sean succeeds in escaping, but severely wounded, he goes to the mission where Susan works and four weeks later he is healed. He tries to start a new life with Susan, but when she finds the documents and the truth about him, he plots a ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Amazing Little Flick!
1 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Stunning film. This sort of has the look, and feel, of a very low budget project. But, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that isn't the case. What a fantastic little film. Chris McKenna in the lead did so good, he deserves a small hug. He brought A-game, all the way, and it would be interesting to see him develop. George Wendt in this just did what we always thought maybe he could do. By 'we', I mean ' I '. I'm SO glad to see him in this! The supporting roles were acted really well by people I've never seen. Daniel Baldwin holding it all together, nice one buddy. Yeah, this one was gripping from the opening scene, Act I, through the finale.

Definitely not for the squeamish. Really disturbing imagery. But not of the over-the-top kind. Just plain-old, garden variety, messed-up, get in your head, stuff that is blended perfectly into the film. Almost incredibly demented yet completely genuine, dare I say, earnest? Shiver. In my honest opinion they really broke some ground here.

I gave this guy 9 stars. I never, and I mean never, rate above 5-6. I highly recommend giving this one a chance. I also highly recommend not doing so anywhere near meal-time. Don't say you haven't been warned!

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