Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.
Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.
After serving jail time for a mysterious crime, Bill and Karl get out of jail and become preoccupied with figuring out who turned them in to the police. On top of that, the "family business" is on the rocks, and the motley crew of criminals who operate out of Down Terrace aren't feeling terribly trusting of one another. It might look like an ordinary house, but at Down Terrace, the walls are closing in... Written by
Newport Beach Film Festival
I rate this above average for story originality, acting and a degree of realism. The camera work, however, has some bad moments. I don't consider this a comedy, not really, but I do think that the actors at times had a hard time playing this straight. It's true though that one's reaction to what one sees is likely to be a kind of smile because it is so far from normality. Everything is turned upside down in the family. What they take as normal might be killing someone. On the other hand, they are not shown as monsters. In many ways on the surface, they act like any family.
The style of story-telling is not to present any unneeded explanation or exposition, but to let the viewer figure out what's going on as time passes, day by day. This works. It's not too hard to see what's occurring.
The story is about a crime family, father, mother and son, and their associates. The father and son have managed to come out of jail. They think someone ratted on them, but they do not know who. They confer with their associates and begin a series of killings.
The basic factor is that all trust has evaporated. They have been told that the police has a complete picture of the whole organization.
The father, mother and son provide their own interwoven plot. All are criminals and the family is very dysfunctional. The father is domineering and suspicious. The mother is cold blooded. The son takes medication and has a temper. His father and mother won't let him lead his own life, marry or become a father.
The resulting picture or brew is a curiosity. It's one of a kind. I am reminded a bit of "The Honeymoon Killers" with Shirley Stoller and Tony Lo Bianco. That too combined surface normality with very abnormal behavior. That lacked humor, however. In this movie, the characters joke around more in their conversations.
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