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The movie was enthralling at every twist and turn and despite the
topic, that of a retiring hit man, it turns into a psychological
perspective on being alone and making things right in a world that has
The chemistry between the actors is palpable, despite both characters being introverts, and is a testament to the talent of Alexander and Sizemore, as well as the writer and director.
The pacing and sound of the film hold you throughout and Goodman's approach is a breath of fresh air in a craft so often overly commercialized and mass produced.
It is like eating artisan baked bread without any preservatives versus a baguette that rolls off an assembly line. It is fresh, organic, and real.
The Last Lullabye was a very provocative and thrilling film. The actors, Tom Sizemore and Sasha Alexander, were well cast and captured the story lines in every detail. It was a fast moving plot. The cinematography was realistic without being too graphic. The young director, Jeffrey Goodman, is one to watch for future projects. Director Goodman's attention to detail and ability to translate the plot made for a very intensely interesting picture. The music chosen heightened the dramatic effect of the film capturing the intensity of the plot. The Last Lullabye should be a "must see" picture for mystery film enthusiasts.
It's hard to believe this is a first-time feature effort for director Jeffrey Goodman. It passed my ultimate movie test: I was never bored for a moment, nor did my attention waver. The spare dialog, the juxtaposition of the loud, jarring gunshots with the quiet pace of the movie, the inexorable drawing-together of Price and Sarah, were woven together beautifully to create a memorable movie. Tom Sizemore says volumes without saying a word. His tortured face and body language say it all. The fact that this is something of a comeback film for the brilliant Mr. Sizemore, whose past behavior has not been consistent with his talents, makes it even more delicious to watch. Bravo to Jeffrey Goodman for a terrific movie!
Does he kill her or does he not? The Last Lullaby from first time
feature film director Jeffrey Goodman holds you in suspense in the
plot-driven film that has enough twists and turns to keep you on the
edge of your seat. His casting is brilliant as Tom Sizemore's intensity
and inner conflicts are so realistic that somehow the viewer finds
himself pulling for this hit man. Sizemore's intensity contrasts
perfectly with Sasha Alexander's vulnerability. His character Price has
been hired to kill her, but how can you kill someone who has been a
victim for so long? Goodman's treatment of the narrative by Max Alan
Collins and Peter Biegen employs a brilliant combination of non-graphic
violence against a pastoral, yet frequently menacing backdrop. His
gorgeous panoramic shots contrasted with extreme close-ups is unusual
in a film with this size budget. His deliberately slow pace enhances
the suspense and is a much needed respite from the noisy,frenetic world
in which most of us live. His audio is at the proper decibel level, and
his choice and use of music is the best that I have witnessed in any
I predict great things for this talented director.
I loved the movie...very intense and full of action, yet with the true
feel of the characters life story. The cinematography is great. The
beauty of the outdoors was brought to life.
Director Jeffrey Goodman did an excellent job of not being graphic with the story line. The entire movie kept you waiting for the next "thriller". I don't think Mr. Goodman could have done a better job in bringing this short story into a full film for the public to enjoy.
Editor Phillip Harrison did a superb job in the editing of the close up shots of Price and Sarah learning each other and working to bring each of their lives into play..and to decide how the "situation" would be revealed.
This is a very effective and hard hitting thriller right down to the director and stars.
The Last Lullaby transported me as time flew while watching this movie. I felt it would appeal to women and men of many ages. It was very violent in many scenes, but the violence was not without cause nor was is unnecessarily gory. The sound editing was just fantastic with great moments of complete silence as well as very moving gun scenes. There were so many wonderful surprises in this film from moments of comic relief to shifts in the story line and great realizations about these interesting characters. I felt that I really knew these main characters by the end of the film. I cannot say how impressed I was with this film. It can compete with any high budget, big business film I have seen in years!
The Last Lullaby (2008)
Here's a film that reinvigorates the true moody, classic, slightly low-budget intensity of film noir. It's not latecomers like "Chinatown," Blood Simple," or "Mulholland Drive," which are strong movies on their own terms (and often waved as recent film noirs). "The Last Lullaby" survives and penetrates on the essence of a good noir--a leading protagonist who is lost in the world, a mysterious set of forces out to take him down, a leading female with dubious intentions, and gloomy dramatic filming to create a mood of uncertainty and, frankly, dark elegance.
This is a kind of masterpiece that I think will grow over time. Like some of the great noirs (to keep this theme going for just another thought), the first impression might be flawed, as if there is something too forced and stylized and sometimes even clunky going on. But this is part of what makes for style, and style is what makes for a lasting, unique movie. Think of "The Big Heat" or even "Double Indemnity." (For some reason, "Point Blank" with Lee Marvin comes to mind as as somewhat newer parallel).
Tom Sizemore makes the movie. He's a hit-man seemingly drifting out of the business, but having nowhere to go or nothing to do with himself. And then his skills get called into play, almost by instinct. Sizemore manages laconic better than anyone. He's not weary, exactly, but indifferent because of a long violent life. (The actor might be remembered best for his terrific role in "Natural Born Killers," a good pedigree for this movie.) And of course he meets a woman in an unlikely way, and the plots twists and twists.
But it doesn't spin out of control thanks to Sizemore's steady and yet expressive and really subtle performance. And the woman, played by Sasha Alexander (tons of television, including 20 episodes of "Dawson's Creek"), who has more depth and restraint than you'd expect in this kind of role. In fact, part of the whole thrill of the movie is the way the two leads, who make up nearly every scene, are so low key even as the events are bloody and out of control in their violence.
The cast, crew, writers, and so on are all relatively new, or coming from modest careers. That they all collide and make something this special happen is one of the thrills of collaborative artmaking--movies, above all, with so many components to go wrong, or to go right. You might not find this to your taste, but if you do, it might be one of the great surprises of the year. It was for me.
It is obvious from the very beginning that this film is a labor of love by director Jeffrey Goodman. His commitment to telling a story without judgment, to engaging his audience, to trusting in his viewers' intelligence gracefully weaves throughout the movie. From the first moments, the audience members get the feeling that there is something a bit different about lead character Price, a loner who seems to have a heart buried somewhere in his powerful body. The chemistry that develops between Price and Sara is a testament both to the actors' talent as well as the director's ability to communicate his intended message. A fantastic first effort - I can't wait to see more from this talented director.
This was a GREAT film. As Jeffrey Goodman stated at the premier, it will be classified as a "film noir"; however, it does not have the sense of foreboding that most film in this genre usually possess. You relate to the character's situations with empathy not sympathy. The humanity of the Price and Sarah is well developed--you see their "dark" side as expected but also glimpses of a softness and levity. The inner-conflict of Price was handled superbly. The ultimate resolution was neither expected nor unexpected--I found myself unsure how I wanted it resolved. The score was well done--added effect where necessary but not obtrusive.
This is a good movie. Compared to your average "blockbuster" thriller
movie that comes out in theatres these days, I would consider it a
great movie. There is some serious violence, which, while cool (from
your average guy's standpoint) does not detract from the movie's
purpose, which is to delve deep into the souls of the two main
characters (who give great performances, by the way). This is done
quite effectively with the help of unique cinematography and
mesmerizing sounds (which includes some long periods without dialogue).
If you like the mystery/thriller, I don't think you could help but enjoy this one.
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