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Pale Blue Moon (2002)

John Lefsburg, a small town detective, has lost his will to live. Demoted to mundane duties, he is assigned to transport a homeless man, Simon Applewhite, to a psychiatric ward in the ... See full summary »

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Mark Hosack

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Íce Mrozek ... Simon Applewhite
Johnny Sneed ... John Lefsburg
Frank Ford ... Peter Riner
Eleni Stevens Eleni Stevens ... Kristine Lefsburg
Robert Meadows Robert Meadows ... Robert Hayes
Brittany Parvin Brittany Parvin ... Lisa Thrift (as Brittainy Parven)
Thurman Moss Thurman Moss ... Frank Coen
Conner Pate Conner Pate ... Young Simon Applewhite
Jason D. Johnson Jason D. Johnson ... Det. Daryl Livingston (as Jason Johnson)
Laurel Whitsett ... Mary
Robin McGee Robin McGee ... Hot Air Balloon Pilot
Nykethia Taylor Nykethia Taylor ... Police Officer #1
Jason LeGrande ... The Dude
Katelyn Neal Katelyn Neal ... Samantha Lefsburg
Bruce Stewart Bruce Stewart ... Drunk Number 1
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John Lefsburg, a small town detective, has lost his will to live. Demoted to mundane duties, he is assigned to transport a homeless man, Simon Applewhite, to a psychiatric ward in the nearby city of Madison. Simon claims that aliens are invading the earth from the moon. His mission is to kill media mogul Frank Coen, who Simon believes is an alien staging an invasion to destroy the human race. Through a series of mishaps, John's and Simon's lives become intertwined and both must help each other in order to reconcile their troubles. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

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Language:

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17 November 2002 (USA) See more »

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A Curious Mix of "Rain Man" Meet "x-Files"
30 October 2017 | by markkbransonSee all my reviews

Some of the reviewers correctly point out that this film isn't sci-fi. I have to agree with them; however, there are elements that echo "X-Files" enough to allow me to use that reference in my title. Mark Hosack has written and directed an effective piece of film making that--at times-- is uneven, but is worth your investment in time.

Ice Mrozek is Simon Applewhite whom we meet at this police interrogation. Mrozek--even tho' a sporadic career--is on target as a person who seems autistic at first until we learn the truth late in the film.

There is one sequence between Mrozek and a kidnap victim (played by Brittany Praven) that was worth my time investment. She threatens to scream and does so. Mrozek joins her in a cacophonous roar that is compelling.

The unraveling of the plot is, regrettably, somewhat uneven which is why I cannot give this film a 100% endorsement. The tone is uneven--going back and forth between a serious buddy type movie (a la the "Rain Man" reference above) to childhood trauma (see the "X-Files" reference) to uneven comedic sequences. This unevenness is bothersome, tho' I perhaps understand why: director Hosack has a provocative theme but lacks the storytelling skills of an experienced director to bring this theme home effectively. Tho' flawed, I still believe you will find your time well- spent.

So the acting by Mrozek and the plot/theme are two issues that recommend this film. I have to include the sub-plot of guilt which also I find compelling. Johnny Sneed plays John Lefsburg-- detective who is in a struggling marriage since his daughter was killed in a traffic accident. The plot addresses this sub-plot in an interesting manner toward the end which helps tie up the threads and speaks truth about the pain of loss and the blaming that compounds that pain.

There are some images of child abuse that can be disturbing and also images of spouse abuse. Please keep in mind that both of these plot aspects are there to assist the themes. And the images of this abuse are not gratuitous.

Give this film chance. Mrozek is compelling. If he had name recognition like Hoffman, no one would be surprised of his success today. Also, give the film a chance to work on you. Don't be bothered by its NOT being real sci-fi and let the story happen. You could be pleasantly surprised.


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