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The Girl Is in Trouble (2015)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 3 April 2015 (USA)
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A Lower East Side bartender becomes entangled in a murder mystery involving a desperate woman, a missing drug dealer and the scion of a powerful investment firm.

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Julius Onah

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Credited cast:
Columbus Short ... August
Wilmer Valderrama ... Angel
Alicja Bachleda ... Signe
Jesse Spencer ... Nicholas
Miriam Colon ... Grandma
Paz de la Huerta ... Maria
Kareem Savinon ... Jesus
Mike Starr ... Fixer
Tom Pelphrey ... Eric
Wass Stevens ... Freddy
J. Bernard Calloway ... Dre
Omer Barnea Omer Barnea ... Amir
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Alves Paul Alves ... Manager
Luis Ayala ... Cop
Rachel Brill ... Background
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After spending the night with a mysterious woman, a down on his luck DJ discovers evidence of a murder involving a dangerous drug dealer and a billionaire's son. Desperate for money, he must decide whether to blackmail the killer or help the girl out of escalating troubles.

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No Rules. No Fear. Just Revenge.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Девушка в беде See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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2.35 : 1
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Created while director Julius Onah was a graduate student at New York University's Graduate Film Program. See more »

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My Moon My Man (Boys Noize Classic Mix)
Performed by Leslie Feist (as Feist)
Written by Leslie Feist, Gonzales (as Jason Beck)
Used by permission of Universal Music - MGB Songs on behalf of Universal Music Publ. MGB Ltd and EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
Courtesy of Universal International Music, B.V. / Interscope Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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There's a good noir plot set in concrete jungle, though it's also buried deep beneath excessive narration and exhaustingly slow pace
7 April 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

It's rare to see a movie character utters this quantity of monologue, The Girl Is in Trouble might just beat Sin City for time spent narrating. It starts off well, cinematography is sleek for urban setting, the earlier scenes are intriguing and actors' performances are admirable. Sadly, the persistent rambling plods the pace severely, not to mention it tries to switch back and forth through different timelines and perspectives, even those of unnecessary characters.

August (Colombus Short) has experienced strings of unfortunate events, though they pale in comparison when he finds a snuff video on the phone of Signe (Alicja Bachleda). Situation gets worse as the persons on the video are tied to wealthy company and gangster. The actors do a fine job, they fit their roles very well. Colombus Short is presentable as the lead, he also narrates most of the movie, this part can be annoying though it's mostly the fault from the script.

Jesse Spencer as Nicholas, the rich guy and Wilmer Valderrama as Angel, the brother of a missing drug dealer perform their bests. They deliver a sense of dread and cunning nature in tandem. While most of the cast mainly dabble in TV shows, the acting department is very solid. Camera work highlights the ambiance of the street and this is particularly useful on creating the gangster or crime thriller atmosphere.

Narration pretty much hampers the entirety of the movie. August just won't stop blabbering. It seems he's psychic as well because he knows the most intimate moments of others. He is also historian, since he gives lecture about immigrants and history of the district. This goes on until the end, he even manages to cover that one friend from social media or that one lesbian fling. All of this with sudden shift in timeline and useless trivia.

The audiences will be most likely numbed by the constant jabbering before it reaches the climax. Nevertheless, the lively feel of the city and its occupants are good enough to overcome the distracting narrative, barely.


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