Mick and Danny, two hitmen, meet up at a local dive bar on the night of their 10th anniversary of working together. But things take a turn for the worse when Danny tells Mick he wants out of the 'business' and is planning to leave town
Danny returns from short vacation in Ireland with a gift, a Hurler used in Ireland's national sport, for his associate Mick. Danny and Mick have been working together for ten years and it's kind of a anniversary present. It's also a going away present because Danny no longer wants to do contract work for the Irish Mob, in particular their most recent assignment. Mick is outraged and a bit nervous over the idea of walking out on a job that's already been assigned and insists that Danny go through with it. That way when he disappears the Mob bosses won't think Mick was in on it and come looking for him. Danny is adamant about not doing the hit but Mick won't let him off the hook, forcing Danny into a choice he is trying not to make. Written by
What's the matter, you havin' a bad day? Huh? Visualize you have a siamese twin. And that siamese twin is gay... And he's got a date tonight... And you've only got one ass. Now who's havin' the bad day?
I'm not having a bad day, Mick.
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Short-tempered Mick (superbly played with explosive intensity by Josh Kelling) and his more laid-back buddy Danny (a nicely subdued performance by Brian Thomas Evans, who also wrote the sharp and biting script) are a couple of weary hit men who get together at a local seedy bar on the 10th anniversary of their partnership. Complications ensue when Danny tells Mick he wishes to quit the business and refuses to do one last job with his friend. Director Vincent Grashaw expertly crafts an utterly gripping and edgy little ripper which benefits tremendously from the natural and convincing acting by the first-rate leads. The utterly believable chemistry between Kelling and Evans really keeps the picture humming throughout. The often profane dialogue crackles with a certain raw and wickedly funny politically incorrect wit (Mick's incredibly vulgar, racist and sexist comments in particular are hilariously nasty). The startling grim conclusion is a genuine shocker. Kudos are also in order for the vividly rendered trashy tavern setting and Yasu Tanida's polished cinematography which makes inspired use of stark and shadowy lighting. Well worth seeing.
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