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King of the Ants (2003)

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A young drifter discovers his true calling when he's hired by a mobster to stalk and kill a prominent accountant, and then decides to seek revenge when the stingy thugs try to kill him rather than pay him.

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Stuart Gordon

Writers:

Charlie Higson (screenplay) (as Charles Higson), Charlie Higson (novel) (as Charles Higson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris McKenna ... Sean Crawley (as Chris L. McKenna)
Kari Wuhrer ... Susan Gatley
George Wendt ... Duke Wayne
Vernon Wells ... Beckett
Lionel Mark Smith Lionel Mark Smith ... Carl
Timm Sharp ... George
Daniel Baldwin ... Ray Mathews
Carissa Kosta ... Maureen (as Carissa Koutantzis)
Briana Beghi Briana Beghi ... Maureen's Daughter
Carlie Westerman ... Catlin Gatley
Ian Patrick Williams ... Tony
Antoine Joseph Antoine Joseph ... Drooling Idiot
Shuko Akune ... Meade Park
Steve Heller ... Gary (as Steven Heller)
Ken 'Bam Bam' Johnson Jr. Ken 'Bam Bam' Johnson Jr. ... Apartment Kid
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The handyman Sean Crawler meets the electrician Duke Wayne while painting a house and they drink a couple of beers together and have a small talk. A couple of days later, Duke offers a job to Sean, and they meet the corrupt constructor Ray Matthews in a golf club. Ray proposes Sean to stalk the accountant from the City Hall Eric Gatley, who is investigating him, and report every movement of Eric to Ray. While chasing Eric, Sean sees his wife Susan and has a crush on her. When Ray offers US$ 13,000.00 to Sean to kill Eric, he accepts, but steals Ray's dossier before leaving the crime scene. However Sean is double-crossed by Ray and is brutally tortured by the real estate mobster and his men in a lonely ranch, but he does not tell where the file is. Sean succeeds in escaping, but severely wounded, he goes to the mission where Susan works and four weeks later he is healed. He tries to start a new life with Susan, but when she finds the documents and the truth about him, he plots a ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They wanted a Fall Guy. They created a Monster.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesino por naturaleza See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Sean Crawley: I am the ants, you fuckers!
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This nihilistic, compelling, crime thriller is well done.
23 November 2005 | by hu675See all my reviews

An aimless young man by the name of Sean (Chris L. McKenna) is been hired by a sleazy construction owner (Daniel Baldwin) to follow a man (Ron Livingston), who works as an accountant for City Hall. Sean has an fascination by the man's wife (Kari Wuhrer), which he's following. Sean is been hired to murder this accountant but when he does murder this man. Sean is been double-crossed by the man, who hired him and getting beaten by his three thugs (George Wendt, Vernon Wells and Lionel Mark Smith). When Sean does escaped from these sadistic mens and a month has passed... He's slowly taking revenge on these man, who double-crossed him and abused him. But Sean makes an mistake by starting an relationship with the woman, which Sean killed her late husband.

Directed by Stuart Gordon (Edmond, Fortress, Re-Animator) made an horrific crime thriller. Some might called this an horror film (Which the director calls this a horror movie) or an crime thriller. But the film plays in both ways. McKenna gives an terrific performance, since he's the only unknown actor in the picture. The supporting cast are good and this movie does have some dark humour.

DVD has an good anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) transfer and an good-Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound. DVD also has an high spirited commentary track by the director and actors:McKenna and Wendt. DVD also has an featurette and an trailer. Too bad, the DVD doesn't have any deleted scenes. Since the director and the two cast members mentions scenes were deleted from the rough cut. This well directed film was shot under a million dollars but it doesn't show. Sean's hallucinations and his imagination gets to be a bit much at times but it plays better in a reader imagination, since this movie is based on a novel by Charles Higson. Which Higson also wrote the screenplay for this film. Higson, Gordon and Wendt are among the co-producers of the picture. This is one of Gordon's best films. Since the violence is brutal and it has some unsympathetic characters, this is not for all tastes. Livingston's small key role is uncredited. (****/*****).


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