I didn't start watching this film enthusiastically but three names in the cast roster pulled me in- Tina Holmes, Devon Gummersall, and Eion Bailey. Holmes made me a fan in HBO's Six Feet Under. Gummersall turned in an amazing performance in Showtime's The L Word. And even if Eion Bailey hadn't delivered a really fine long developing character arc (one among many) in Band of Brothers, he's so freaking beautiful I'd probably Tivo one of SciFi's worst dogs if he had a couple of scene... but I digress. I was unfamiliar with the other five actors in this remarkable ensemble piece but I'll be watching for them now. There are larger and smaller roles in the film, but there are no greater and lesser performances - each actor is given the opportunity to create a nuanced character and every one of them delivers the goods. It's also quite remarkable to me that that this is Derek Simonds' first writing/directing effort and after 5 years it's STILL his only credit on IMDb. I'm only giving it 8 stars because it took a little longer than it absolutely had to, but I have no idea whose performance I'd have trimmed if the choice were mine. Bravo!
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