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Approaching Midnight (2013)

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US Army Staff Sergeant Wesley Kent returns from the war abroad and must now fight the threat of corruption and deception in his hometown at all personal costs.





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Complete credited cast:
Staff Sergeant Wesley Kent
Corporal Artie AJ Culpepper
Mayor Steven Malverne (as Jeff Stetson)
Michelle Lynne Balser ...
Natalie Church
Matthew Szymanski ...
Captain Shane Church
Sheriff Thompson
Janet Pound ...
Danielle Malverne
Darryl Perry ...
Governor Boudreaux
Pastor Reginald Culpepper / AJ's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
U.S. Marine Corporal
US Army Ranger
Marc Bowers ...
SWAT Team Member


"Approaching Midnight" is a gripping military themed action drama that follows young Army staff sergeant Wesley Kent (Sam Logan Khaleghi) who returns to his small town America home from war abroad. Kent must cope with burying the body of his best friend who passed away under his command Corporal AJ Culpepper (Brandon T. Jackson - "Tropic Thunder") and solving the mystery behind the tragic accident that took the life of his girlfriend, Aspen Malverne (Jana Kramer - TVs "One Tree Hill") who also passed away in a car accident while he was abroad. After seeking more information about her accident from local authorities, Kent believes that her death wasn't just a 'unexpected event,' while Aspen's father Mayor Steven Malverne is running for higher political office as Governor of the state. As the pieces unfold in Kent's chase, he discovers that Aspen's father is involved in illegal arms trading. Kent must now stop at nothing to complete one final mission and topple a tower of deception and ... Written by 12 A.M. Pictures LLC

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language, some action violence and brief smoking


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Release Date:

30 August 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

For Love of Country: Approaching Midnight  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Written and performed by Rachel Lee Williams
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a Brilliant Movie, I Loved It
6 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Academy Awards, take notice! Great Acting and Great Scenery make for a Great Film. I was lucky enough to see Approaching Midnight in the movie theater at Cobb Theater in Clearwater, Florida. I plan on buying the DVD from Best Buy this week because I am a huge fan of military movies, crime movies and there's over 5 making of documentaries on this DVD.

The movie's co-star Jana Kramer (ACM's New Female Vocalist of the Year for 2013), Michelle Lynne Balser (Locked in a Room) Mia Serafino (Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks) are awesome in the movie, and provide good acting with good scenery. Sam Logan Khaleghi's (director/actor) managed to do a perfect job of working both on and behind the camera, and joins so many others that have done so recently. I'm excited to find some of his earlier work as a producer. I really enjoyed this film and I was a fan of his previous work on MTV.

I heard it was filmed in Michigan which is a very popular place with filmmakers lately (ie the new Batman vs Superman and Transformers). It's hard to resist the beauty of the state, although the film takes place in a fictional all American city. It's action packed indeed, but aside from that, I loved the whole Main Street, Horses, Big Town politics versus Small Town politics dialogue that makes for an awesome script. I was at the edge of my seat during the entire climax of the movie, especially the courtroom sequence and it held my attention solid. The acting was probably the best part.

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