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A successful author and spiritual advisor takes on a troubled man as a client, completely unaware that the man's fixation on his mother's death will soon put his life in jeopardy.

Director:

Philippe Caland

Writers:

Shintaro Shimosawa (screenplay by), Philippe Caland (based on the film "The Gypsy and the Gury" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Angel Sanchez
Anthony Mackie ... Tommy Carter
Mike Epps ... Ben Carter
Sanaa Lathan ... Maggie Carter
Nicole Ari Parker ... Sophie Sanchez
Ariana Neal ... Francesca Sanchez
Denise Milfort ... Seer
Selma Pinkard ... Aunt
Avery Edward Landry Avery Edward Landry ... Boy
Margo Swisher Margo Swisher ... Red-head Woman
Adella Gautier ... Angel's Mother
Jessica Medina ... Angel's Cousin #1
Gina Blocker Gina Blocker ... Angel's Cousin #2
Peter Weller ... Meyer
Ashley Toman Ashley Toman ... Harpist
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Storyline

An earnest life-coach/author, Thomas Carter, is mysteriously abducted by a deranged client, Angel Sanchez, who delves into Thomas' teachings and uses his spiritual messages of Karma - action and reaction (Vipaka), against him to terrorize him and his family for their past sins. Written by Significant Productions

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Karma is Action, Vipaka is Reaction See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including torture, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2014 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Vipaka See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$501,290, 28 February 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,179,327, 23 March 2014
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1.85 : 1
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[last lines]
Ben Carter: What you doing, man? Don't do anything crazy, bro.
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Referenced in Cause and Effect: The Making of Repentance (2014) See more »

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Hustla Music
Written by Benjamin Lakey and Glenn Browder
Performed by Ben Lakey
Courtesy of Benair Churchill LLC
Published by Benair Churchill (ASCAP) / Songs of Benair Churchill (BMI)
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Waste of a good cast. 3/10
29 November 2014 | by leonblackwoodSee all my reviews

Review: I had high expectations from this film because it had some decent actors in it, but the storyline is sketchy and the pace of the film made it quite boring. If you use your head, the film is predictable from beginning to end although it's supposed to be a suspense thriller. It also seemed a bit over acted and the director chose to jump right at the deep end which didn't give the characters that much depth. The concept, which is about a man who has psychological issues after the death of his mum and he decides to get help from a psychologist, doesn't seem to go anywhere for the first half of the movie and then it gets extremely dark out of the blue. The ending was also very sketchy so you end up feeling a bit cheated after spending so much time waiting for the story to unfold. Personally, I thought that the movie seemed a bit cheap and not very well thought through. Disappointed!

Round-Up: Forest Whitaker is not an actor that has chose the easiest path in his career. I would have thought that he has earned the right to pick and choose what roles to take, so it might just be down to bad choices why he has starred in so many dodgy movies lately. From big movies like the Butler and The Last King Of Scotland to the dodgy Pawn, Crossfire and the Truth, he has really had a rollacoaster of a career. Maybe he's just addicted to work like Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro. Anthony Mackies career has picked up lately with roles in the new Captain America, Pain and Gain and the new Avengers movie, so I doubt that this film will harm his portfolio. In all, this film must have looked good on paper but it just wasn't put together well by the director. 

Budget: $5million Worldwide Gross: $1million

I recommend this movie to people who are into their suspense/drama/thrillers about a man whose suffering with psychological problems after the death of his mother and seeks for help from a successful book writer. 3/10


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