5.8/10
9,874
50 user 59 critic

A Single Shot (2013)

Trailer
1:41 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

The tragic death of a beautiful young girl starts a tense and atmospheric game of cat and mouse between hunter John Moon and the hardened backwater criminals out for his blood.

Director:

David M. Rosenthal

Writers:

Matthew F. Jones (novel), Matthew F. Jones (screenplay)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Janie Jones (2010)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young girl who has been abandoned by her former-groupie mother informs a fading rock star that she is his daughter.

Director: David M. Rosenthal
Stars: Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Two bumbling but determined three-day film school graduates enter the Montreal World Film Festival with a feature film that doesn't exist.

Director: David M. Rosenthal
Stars: John Cho, Seth Meyers, Raymond O'Connor
Dylan's Run (2002)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

What drives a young African-American man to become a member of the Republican Party and to run for a United States Congressional seat in a district in South Georgia with a disturbing racist... See full summary »

Directors: Steven Johnson, David M. Rosenthal
Stars: Dylan Glenn
The Perfect Guy I (2015)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

After breaking up with her boyfriend, a professional woman gets involved with a man who seems almost too good to be true.

Director: David M. Rosenthal
Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut
Falling Up (2009)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A nursing student (Cross) forced to quit school for family reasons winds up taking a job as a doorman in an elite apartment building in New York City, where he sparks to one of his residents (Roemer).

Director: David M. Rosenthal
Stars: Joseph Cross, Sarah Roemer, Snoop Dogg
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After a journalist discovers his identity, a former Weather Underground activist goes on the run.

Director: Robert Redford
Stars: Robert Redford, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Raised in the U.S., Claudia (22) is an undocumented illegal immigrant living beyond her means in a twisted version of the American dream. When she's arrested by the FBI for credit card ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Dwyer, Kaitlin McLaughlin
Stars: Veronica Sixtos, Julio Cesar Cedillo, Roberto Urbina
Lawn Dogs (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When Devon, a 10-year-old girl, forges a friendship with Trent, a 21-year-old outsider who mows the neighborhood lawns, things suddenly get very complicated and private.

Director: John Duigan
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kathleen Quinlan, Mischa Barton
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A strait-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy-wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder.

Directors: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan
Conviction II (2010)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.

Director: Tony Goldwyn
Stars: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo
Café Derby (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

1985. Georges is a born market vendor. As a driven salesman he can sell anything to any one, at any time. When he hears the Pope is coming to Belgium, he spots an opportunity. In close ... See full summary »

Director: Lenny Van Wesemael
Stars: Chloë Daxhelet, Wim Opbrouck, Monic Hendrickx
Snow Angels I (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A drama that interweaves the life of a teenager, with his old baby sitter, her estranged husband, and their daughter.

Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Michael Angarano
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Rockwell ... John Moon
William H. Macy ... Pitt
Ted Levine ... Cecile
Kelly Reilly ... Jess
Jason Isaacs ... Waylon
Joe Anderson ... Obadiah
Jeffrey Wright ... Simon
Ophelia Lovibond ... Abbie
Amy Sloan ... Carla
W. Earl Brown ... Puffy
Heather Lind ... Mincy
Christie Burke ... Ingrid
Jenica Bergere ... Colette
Lana Giacose Lana Giacose ... Angela
David A. Flannery ... Shitbird (as David Flannery)
Edit

Storyline

The tragic death of a beautiful young girl starts a tense and atmospheric game of cat and mouse between hunter John Moon and the hardened backwater criminals out for his blood.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

One Secret See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Single Shot See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,020, 22 September 2013

Gross USA:

$18,642

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,642
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?


Goofs

When John buries the dead body at the end of the movie, the girl's eyes are open in one shot and closed in the next. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Moon: Shit.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mr. Right (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

NYC '73
(uncredited)
Written by Jason Michael Moore
Performed by The High Society
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An acting and cinematography showcase...
13 September 2013 | by The_After_Movie_DinerSee all my reviews

At first glance it is easy to think A Single Shot is a pretty enough, moody enough, well acted retread of themes and styles from Shallow Grave, A Simple Plan, No Country For Old Men or Winter's Bone and you'd be forgiven for thinking that because there is some element of truth in it. When it comes to plot and stylistic originality you won't find it here. What you will find is an engaging and expertly, if sometimes a little too authentically, played character study disguised as a generic, backwoods, crime thriller. So, my first piece of advice to you is to throw out the plot. Don't engage, as you normally would, through what the characters are doing but more with who the characters are.

The story, such as it is, focuses around Sam Rockwell's character, John Moon. Estranged from his wife Moira, played by Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), he lives near to some conservation land, where he routinely goes hunting, despite being caught and charged for doing so on numerous occasions. He's a simple, proud man of few words just trying to put his life back together. While out hunting on this land one morning, trying to catch a deer, he accidentally shoots a woman who, he later finds out, is carrying a ton of cash with her. Despite being definitely distraught at his accidental actions, he knows that to report them would mean jail time. Instead he hides the body, takes the money and is determined to get his life, meaning his wife and child, back. However, the money, of course, is linked to a web of unsavoury characters who, one by one, try and get their hands on it. Tobacco is chewed, lines are mumbled in thick, heavy accented drawls and bodies pile up. Will John Moon come out on top or is his demise inevitable?

The press release describes the film as a tense and atmospheric game of cat and mouse and if that was the honest intention of the film then, I am sorry to say, it fails. It's too slow moving, too drenched in melancholy strings and blue, grey, damp photography. The characters aren't menacing or threatening enough and, more often than not, the tension is lost as you are straining to understand what the hell is going on as some terrific actors grumble, twitch and spit through thick beards and thicker accents. I like to believe, though, that the film is more than that. More than a generic cat and mouse thriller about a bag of money and some grubby but pleasingly quirky hillbillies. It might just be his acting and his endless watchability, but I think the film is most successful as an in-depth and tragic character study of Sam Rockwell's John Moon. Studying and delving in to, as it does, ideas of lost opportunity, loss of love, pride coming before a fall, having the strength to survive, betrayal, fear, not being able to see the wood for the trees (which is indicated in several nice visual clues) and making your bed and damn well having to lie in it. On this level the film succeeds handsomely and Rockwell, also serving as producer on the film, gives a, at first, gruff and almost monosyllabic and unsympathetic performance that grows, over the running time, into a tragic, sometimes heart wrenchingly unlucky and down trodden character that you root for to, some how, find a way out of his predicament, even though your brain can't find one and you probably know that an easy resolution will not be forthcoming. He has surrounded himself well with the cream of character actors, the sort of 2nd tier players who are a sheer delight to just recline and watch act.

William H Macy, sporting an outrageously bad toupee, a suspect moustache, a sports jacket worthy of a scuzzy car salesman from the 50s and affecting a handicap in the form of a damaged arm and limp, gives a performance that dances neatly along the line of parody and awards worthy that he, and his peers, have so perfected in their work with the Coens. He is weasley, sinister, pathetic, dangerous, unnerving and humorous all rolled into one and the film could've used a lot more of him.

The film also features great but, sadly, tiny performances from Ted Levine, Jason Isaacs and Melissa Leo who, I doubt, get much more screen time, combined, than you'd be easily able to count on two hands. The only other stand out actor worth a mention being, the always worth the price of admission, Jeffrey Wright. His performance, as a wild, reckless, drunkard friend of John Moon is fantastic and combines almost every tick, twitch and technique an actor can deploy to best portray an alcoholic red neck. The only downside to this is, as the film enters its third act, Wright shows up to deliver some important plot information but it gets buried under piles of grime, dribble, tobacco, alcoholic slurring, an indecipherable accent and a crap flecked thicket of facial hair. As superb and as delightful as the mud smeared technique is, it's this scene that almost derails the film, that is if you are still trying to figure out what is going on but, I've already told you, the plot is not important.

Much like the plot, though, the downfall in the direction is that the film feels all too familiar. From the colour palette to the score (which features the, too often used, discordant pizzicato strings) nothing here feels different from something you've seen a hundred times before and while the techniques on display are exemplary, the lack of anything new can make parts of the, already slow, film drag.

That being said it does feel authentic and atmospheric. The set dressing, the costumes, the location and the lighting also do their part to help you feel the cold, the damp, the dirt and the drink.


15 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 50 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed