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By the Gun (2014)

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Nick, a young Boston Italian, trying to find purpose in the ideology of the mafia and finding his world turned upside down.

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Nick Tortano is a smooth-talking, ambitious criminal from the streets of Boston. After years spent working for and idolizing the Italian gangsters he finally proves himself to the boss and becomes a made man. However, once inside, Nick conflicts with a moneymaker for the Mafia and begins to drive a wedge between him and Boss. Written by Anonymous

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Nick wanted to be a made man until he found a reason to get out

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Rated R for strong violence, sexual content, nudity, language throughout and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Before You Hit The Ground
Performed by Ghost Town Blues Band
Licensed by Inside Sounds, 2012 Inside Sounds
Written by Matt Isbell, copyright Inside Sounds Pub. BMI 2012
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A very good crime thriller that's worth a view
30 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't understand the negative reviews. This is a very good low budget crime drama with a plot that grabs you and doesn't let go until the violent, bitter end.

Ben Barnes really plays the dark and conflicted Nick Tortano well, a character that you really want to root for, but just can't because of this thing they have in the mob. Harvey Keitel is perfectly cast as a mob boss and plays the role as brilliantly as you would expect.

I thought the script could have been a little tighter and frankly that's the only thing that keeps this very good film from being a great one.

The acting was also very good from top to bottom, and the action scenes were well directed and very well executed.

If you don't mind low budget flicks with nonetheless good character development and good performances, you will like By the Gun. It's good enough to watch twice. Or more. Ignore the negative reviews and get this one!


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