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The road not taken is revisited at one’s own peril in “Detonator,” a fine first feature for co-directors/scenarists Damon Maulucci and Keir Politz. Their protagonist is a thirtysomething ex-musician whose abandoned dreams of rock stardom — once tantalizingly close to realization — are brought sharply back to life by the sudden reappearance of the very person who derailed them. Taking place over 24 harried, sometimes harrowing hours, this small, punchy drama won’t set the box office on fire, but should win critical support in limited theatrical launch (starting April 11) to boost niche home-format exposure. It’s already been released via iTunes and OnDemand.
Sully (Lawrence Michael Levine) is distracted to the point of not-quite-thereness, a perpetual condition that hardly goes unnoticed by spouse Karen (Dawn L. Hall), who’s concerned about his commitment to their relationship in general and to their 5-year-old son, Albert (Christopher Lamothe), in particular. What’s »
- Dennis Harvey
Detonator opens with an extreme close-up of a tattoo being lasered off. Initially, it's not clear what's going on, but slowly the puckering and burning of skin clues the viewer in. That process of erasure, the pain involved in removing what is not only a memento of youthful folly but also a badge of one's former identity, pulls double duty in Detonator's setup; it's both easily deciphered symbolism and foreshadowing of the pain to come as present wrestles with past.
Sully (Lawrence Michael Levine) has traded his glory days as a local Philly punk rock star for the hustle and grind of grown-up responsibilities; he has a cute wife, cuter young son, and a soul-sucking job.
Just as he's wrestling with selling off some old equipment to buy a new bed, he receive »
2 items from 2014
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