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Avery Paul, a former professional boxer, has been drifting since his release from prison, he convicted on trumped up charges of smuggling. That conviction led to him losing his boxing license. In addition to his long-shore work on the Halifax docks, he supplements his meager income by illegal street fights, which are posted online. It is through one of those videos that he comes to the attention of a woman named Ava, who hires him to retrieve by what will need to be by clandestine and forceable means her runaway half-sister Jan, a drug addict living with her boyfriend Tal and his drug dealer partner Donny in a crack house, and return her to her parents. The $20,000 fee, Ava's parents' life savings, would be sufficient for Avery truly to get back on his feet and resume his boxing career. Avery is able to infiltrate the crack house as a supposed junkie and abduct Jan, who is not a willing kidnappee in her constant need to get a fix. In addition to Tal and Donny who each have their own ... Written by
I saw Charlie Zone last night and was very impressed. It was well written and fast paced, and the acting was fabulous. I've lived in Halifax, so it was fun to see the city -- albeit its violent, seedier side -- as the backdrop of a major film. The movie was very well received at the 2011 Atlantic Fim Festival (winning four awards) and is finally enjoying a deserved limited release in Canadian theatres. I hope it does well enough to merit more screenings across the country. Get out and see this movie if you get the chance! Nova Scotian writer Joseph LeClair and writer/director Michael Melski have a great future ahead of them.
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