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A downtrodden photographer, haunted by the urban violence and decay around him, retreats into an inner world of dark fantasies.

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Robert Lawton (screenplay), Charles de Lauzirika (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Lawson ... Aiden
Emma Lung ... Virginia
Ron Perlman ... Pete
Edward Furlong ... Ravi
Christopher Stapleton ... Barry
William Gines ... Chuchi
Michael Renda ... Peanut (as Mike Renda)
Helena Kash Helena Kash ... Redhead
Jim Hanna ... AA Boyfriend
Tonya Cornelisse ... AA Girlfriend
John W. Hardy John W. Hardy ... AA Speaker
Richard Speight Jr. ... Master Rupert
Jordan Trovillion Jordan Trovillion ... Young Emily
Lloyd James Lloyd James ... Slave Jim
Taras Los ... Yuri
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A downtrodden photographer, haunted by the urban violence and decay around him, retreats into an inner world of dark fantasies. Those dangerous visions explode in reality with deadly consequences when his intoxicating new relationship with a beautiful young woman goes sour. Written by Anonymous

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English

Release Date:

6 December 2013 (USA) See more »

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Pete: Every one of us has a good wolf and a bad wolf living inside of us. So the young kid says to him, well which one is stronger? And the old guy sys, which ever one you feed more.
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Going nowhere
11 June 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

I expected this film to be in the vein of those early 1980s urban vigilante films such as Ms 45 or The Exterminator. A schlock B movie trying to say something important but just gives you more violence that it wants to decry.

Australian actor Josh Lawson plays Aidan a crime photographer working in Detroit. He is a recovering alcoholic and prone to fantasies where he takes on minor criminals and gets applauded by the public.

Aidan has has a relationship with a young girl at the same apartment block, Virginia (another Australian actress, Emma Lung). The relationship makes him happy and confidant but it threatens to be short lived. Ron Perlman plays a police detective who is also a recovering alcoholic and who he also confides in as they meet up regularly in crime scenes.

Aidan decides enough is enough and acts out his fantasies by taking on some low life villains but finds out being the vigilante man is not easy. Things take an unsavoury turn when he gets involved in a tussle with Virginia's boyfriend Pete (Edward Furlong) that leads him to bewilderment.

Its clear Aidan is a loner, unsociable and damaged. He usually says the wrong things to Virginia and has retreated to his fantasy life where he hears voices.

A director such as Abel Ferrara would had made this film entertaining with some added social comment and it would had gathered a cult appeal. However what we have here is an overlong low budget film that meanders and gets nowhere fast. Half way through you realise that the film has another hour to go and you already think that its gone on for two hours.

I cannot fault the actors who do their best with the material but the screenplay is poor and the direction is pedestrian.


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