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Weapons -- a look at weapons and street violence in this gritty drama

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Weapons presents a series of brutal, seemingly random youth-related killings over the course of a weekend in a typical small town in America,and tragically reveals how they are all interrelated. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Nick Cannon ... Reggie

Paul Dano ... Chris

Mark Webber ... Sean
John Campo ... Bobby

Riley Smith ... Jason
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... P.J. (as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar II)

Amy Ferguson ... Nikki

Aris Mendoza ... Bonnie
Regine Nehy ... Sabrina
Jade Yorker ... Mikey

Brandon Smith ... James (as Brandon Mychal Smith)

Toni Trucks ... Auntie

Serena Reeder ... Darnelle

Arliss Howard ... Mikey's Uncle
Dorian Jourdain ... Jim

Tim Dowlin ... Andy

Zack Duhame ... Mason

Sarah Buehler ... Sharee

Caroline Macey ... Tanya
Valerie Stodghill ... Candace
Jacob Lavin ... Kid
Alyssa Altman ... Girl 1

Jessica Sonneborn ... Girl 2
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Hawk Younkins ... Matt (uncredited)
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Directed by
Adam Bhala Lough 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Adam Bhala Lough 

Produced by
Matt Brutocao .... associate producer
Michael C. Cuddy .... co-producer
Damon Dash .... co-producer
Elizabeth Destro .... associate producer
Robert N. Fried .... producer
Dan Keston .... producer
Jason Lust .... executive producer
Alisa McCoy .... line producer
Bill Straus .... producer
Sol Tryon .... executive producer
Mark Webber .... co-producer
Keith Shaw .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ethan Higbee 
 
Cinematography by
Manuel Alberto Claro 
 
Film Editing by
Jay Rabinowitz 
 
Casting by
Linda Phillips-Palo 
 
Production Design by
Alan E. Muraoka 
 
Set Decoration by
Michele Munoz 
 
Costume Design by
Tere Duncan 
 
Makeup Department
Essie Cha .... makeup department head
Essie Cha .... special makeup effects artist
Carmelina Ingrilli .... assistant makeup artist
Greg McDougall .... additional makeup effects
 
Production Management
Katie Baccaro .... unit production manager
John Eremic .... online conform supervisor
Sol Tryon .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randolph Meredyth Drake .... second second assistant director
Anna Moulaison-Moore .... second assistant director (as Anna Moulaison-Massey)
Keith Shelton .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Joe Blecha .... set dresser
Carol Hummel .... props buyer
Kevin Hummel .... property master
Robert Hummel .... property master
Kevin Martinez .... swing
Aaron C. Smith .... swing (as Aaron Smith)
 
Sound Department
Joseph Adorisio II .... hi-def audio layback
Evan Benjamin .... supervising sound editor
Travis Call .... audio post supervisor
Steve Giammaria .... m&e mixer
Saravoot Kaitkalang .... boom operator
Randy Lawson .... sound mixer
Cory Melious .... foley recordist
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Tony Volante .... supervising re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Stephen Lloyd .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Steven Lloyd .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Joe Skorpen .... stunt coordinator
Rudolf Weber .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kolter Bethurem .... electrician
Ryan Copeland .... grip
Matthew Freedman .... loader
David Gallegos .... grip (as Dave Gallegos)
Jon Jung .... first assistant camera
Michael Lemmon .... best boy grip
Julian Samuel Lopez .... key grip (as Julian Lopez)
Keith Morgan .... gaffer
Ryan Norris .... electrician
Robert Ruiz .... first assistant camera
Aaron C. Smith .... grip (as Aaron Smith)
Lacey Terrell .... still photographer
Neil Wittman .... electrician
Justin Wolak .... best boy electric
Gavin Wynn .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Paul Palo .... casting associate
Debe Waisman .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heather Chaffee .... assistant costume designer
Jennifer Perault .... costume intern
 
Editorial Department
Julie Carr .... assistant editor
Joseph Mastantuono .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Paul Stewart .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Gene Alford .... driver
Ernie Hauser .... driver
Michael Highfield .... driver
Ron Volpe .... driver
 
Other crew
Noor Ahmed .... production legal
Marcella Bremond .... script supervisor
Lisa Lou Cota .... craft service
Sebastian Demian .... location scout
Steve Dutelle .... office production assistant
Torrence Hall .... weapons handler
Benjamin Herman .... basketball coordinator
Michael Hersey .... set production assistant (as Mike Hersey)
Jon Hicks .... set production assistant
Heidi Hilliker .... set production assistant
Pete Johnson .... set production assistant
Kwame O. Kelly-Barlow .... office production assistant
Martin Montano .... head chef
Kate Rosenberg .... assistant: Mr. Lough
Tara A. Senior .... production counsel
Lindsay Silverstein .... production coordinator
Mary Ellen Spaniel .... studio teacher
Marc E. Spivey .... insurance broker
Tim Susco .... location manager
Melissa Tittl .... assistant production coordinator
Mark Tristano .... weapons wrangler
Mike Tristano .... armorer
James Watson .... set medic
 

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10 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Bold, daring, and unflinching youth crime drama, 26 January 2007
Author: larry-411 from United States

I attended the world premiere of "Weapons" at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. For some reason, several films here have had some unusual similarities. I saw three in a row which I would characterize as being "hard to watch." That's not necessarily a bad thing -- the difficulty stemmed not from a lack of quality of the material but from the subject matter. In this case, well, the title is a pretty good tipoff. I also saw three films which open with a gunshot. In two cases, we don't know who or what has been the target. In the case of "Weapons," though, we know from the moment the film rolls. Nick Cannon's head is blown off. Literally. As writer/director Adam Bhala Lough so eloquently explained in the Q&A afterward, pineapples make a great substitute and some fancy optical effects do the rest. But it sure looks real, and signals what is to come -- the viewer is about to find out how we got to this point. We know the ending, now we go back to the beginning. In this case, several story lines are told in flashback, start to finish, start to finish, independently of each other. It's a structure we've seen before, and it can be a pretty effective technique in a crime drama. It works here, largely on the strength of performances by some of today's most talented yet underrated actors.

Sean (Mark Webber) arrives home from college to find his buddies, Chris (Paul Dano) and Jason (Riley Smith), ready to whip out the drugs and celebrate. But something is amiss, and before the first joint makes it to a roach there is a score to settle. Meanwhile, across town, Reggie (Nick Cannon) is preparing for a job interview when little sister Sabrina (Regine Nehy) walks in. Something is amiss, and there is a score to settle. And so it begins. Along the way Webber will be the reluctant accomplice, a man with a conscience. Dano will be the clueless fop who documents it all, annoyingly, with his camcorder. And Smith will march headlong into mayhem. On the other side of town, Cannon will go postal, becoming a madman reminiscent of Ben Foster's Jake in "Alpha Dog," another crime drama which premiered at Sundance last year and which opened several weeks ago. James (Brandon Smith), Sabrina's boyfriend, will accompany him on his mission to right the perceived wrong that is at the heart of the imminent confrontation.

Most of the film is shot with hand-held cameras, which can be powerful when the situation calls for it. The film is also characterized by long shots, sparing the jump cut editing so common in films whose demographic's attention span is coddled by music videos and Xbox. Many may find this uncomfortable. It's a daring style which signals Adam Bhala Lough as a director to be reckoned with -- it defies convention. The story is compelling enough to hold the viewer's interest despite the slow pace.

Theirs is a world of sex and drugs and violence. Surely some will see a political message in the availability of guns. Then again, Cannon's Reggie is so frightening, so out of control, that "guns don't kill people..." might be equally apt here. The title of the film says it all. "Weapons" is unapologetic, bold, and challenging. It will hit you over the head. This is one powerful film.

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