A young stockbroker at a Mob-controlled Wall Street firm gets betrayed and sent to prison for six years. When he gets out, he seeks revenge.

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Joseph Mensch

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Metin Aksoy (co-writer), Joseph Mensch (co-writer)
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Credited cast:
Matt Levett ... Mike Markovich
Toby Leonard Moore ... Ricky Zhukov
Anna Baryshnikov ... Judi Markovich
Lev Gorn ... Alexander Pushka
Rade Serbedzija ... Pappy
Elena Satine ... Kat
Boris Lee Krutonog ... Slava
David Vadim ... Ruslan
Bill Sage ... Randy
Ari Barkan ... Grigory Boone
Mat Vairo ... Lenny
Alice Sophie Malyukova ... Lana Markovich
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vonia Arslanian ... Vania
Marc Alan Austen ... Funeral Rabbi
Joe Cummings ... Ron
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A young stockbroker at a Mob-controlled Wall Street firm gets betrayed and sent to prison for six years. When he gets out, he seeks revenge.

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Cameo: Writer Metin Aksoy has a brief cameo in the film. He is seen walking up a set of subway stairs. See more »

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At the very beginning of the movie it is erroneously stated that Sun Microsysyems created Netscape. See more »

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Alexander Pushka: It was the greatest experience of my life. Knowing the limits of our strength... brings us peace.
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Flawed, but a great attempt from a newb filmmaker
7 February 2021 | by Top_Dawg_CriticSee all my reviews

This is newb/amateur writer, director and producer Joseph Mensch's first full length feature film, with only one prior short film to his credit. Sure, it was flawed, but for an amateur filmmaker, he did better than some seasoned filmmakers productions I've seen lately.

For a low budget B film, the score was surprisingly on point, and was not your typical constant, loud, overbearing and unfitting score. His directing was actually decent, but there were some scene fluidity issues. It's as if many parts where cut short with information the viewer needed. I'm not sure if the issues were bad editing, or screenplay related, or both. The story concept was great, but there were many plot, continuity and technical issues in his screenplay. Had Mensch consulted a seasoned screenwriter to edit his writing prior to production, his film wouldn't have had that missing scene fluidity and continuity issues. The pacing was on point for the film's 91 min runtime. Casting was decent, although many performances here and there felt flat, and I'm sure it was due to Mensch's lack of experience in directing his cast properly. Cinematography was excellent, especially with the use of 90's color filters and sets. It seems much detail went into staging that era, and seemed convincing I was watching a film made in the early 90's.

Overall, it was a great first effort for a newb filmmaker. With its flaws, I saw it to the end, and I enjoyed it. It's a well deserved 6/10 from me, and certainly not worthy of anything less than a 5/10, because new filmmakers have to start somewhere, right?


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5 February 2021 (USA) See more »

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New York, USA See more »

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