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Negative (2017)

Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 19 September 2017 (USA)
After taking a picture of a woman on the street, amateur photographer Hollis is shocked when she knocks on his apartment door and threatens his life. Demanding that he and the photograph ... See full summary »


Joshua Caldwell


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Credited cast:
Katia Winter ... Natalie
Simon Quarterman ... Hollis
Sebastian Roché ... Rodney
Josh Randall ... Graham
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Whitney Anderson ... Candace
Jason Garcia Jr. Jason Garcia Jr. ... Elias
Marem Hassler ... Camila
Tamar Kummel ... Hostess
Miguel Pérez ... Tony
Santiago Salviche Santiago Salviche ... Ramon
Joanna Sotomura ... Abigail
Karen Sours Albisua ... Savannah (as Karen Sours)


After taking a picture of a woman on the street, amateur photographer Hollis is shocked when she knocks on his apartment door and threatens his life. Demanding that he and the photograph must leave town with her or she will have to kill him, Hollis reluctantly obliges. While on the run, she reveals she's an ex-MI5 agent that double-crossed a Colombian Cartel. Just as she was about to escape for good, Hollis' photograph of her surfaced and now the Cartel knows her whereabouts, and his. Written by Meydenbauer Entertainment

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The truth is never black and white.


Drama | Thriller








Release Date:

19 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Négatif See more »


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$100,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Natalie: If you really don't want to live, that's your problem. But the second you jeopardize my life, it becomes mine. And I have enough fucking problems, do you understand?
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Understated, psychological thriller
28 January 2019 | by tabunoSee all my reviews

Katia Winter star in this understated, psychological thriller about a British operative who ends up having to confiscate a negative from a freelance photographer of a picture he took of her in order to remain as a ghost from those who are seeking to kill her. In the process, both she and the reluctant photographer find themselves on the run. Directed by Joshua Caldwell who also directed Be Somebody (2016), a comedy romance drama that also happens to echo a similar understated tone and offers a refreshing diversion into a more realistic interplay between characters that Negative presents. Negative together with Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow (2018) and Daryl Hannah in The Job (2003) allow female assassin or professional agents that emphasize the psychological drama over the intensity of special effects, explosions, and action scenes of over the top mass killings or hand to hand combat in a choreographed martial arts. At the same time, the sustainability of audience's interest is made much more difficult, especially with the marketing of Negative's trailer with emphasized the action portion of the movie much to the disappointment of a good segment of the audience.

The more authentic characters in this movie provide the audience with a more thoughtful movie about human character though the movie struggles to balance the tension along with the somewhat superficial assumption of how these two people are so easily followed. Other similar movies have been able to incorporate rather more stylized plots or characters in their own psychological drama versions of this genre such as The Numbers Station (2013), The Tailor of Panama (2001), The American (2010), and Eye of the Needle (1981) or comedic versions of this genre such as Miss Meadows (2014), The Matador (2005), Wild Target (2010), Daisy & Violet (2011), and In Bruges (2008). Negative instead remains faithful to its depiction of what might be considered authentic humans whose live intersect in psychologically traumatic ways and how they individually and collectively cope with it.

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