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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Pixel Bros' Crime Thriller "Loose Ends" Drives Home A Murderously Moral Dilemma

"LOOSE ENDS" (2015)
Genre: Crime Thriller
Length- 19:18
Company:  Pixel Bros.

Logan (Logan Martin) and Adam (Liam Boehning) run cocaine for Ackard (David Winn), the local crime lord.  Everything goes well enough at first, although they're still not making much money considering all that they're risking.

When Adam decides to duck out on the drug life and walk the straight line, he becomes a marked man -- and Ackard expects Logan to be the one to wipe him out.

BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE

Jacob Dalton and co-writer Christopher Lawruk direct "Loose Ends", a crime thriller short under the Pixel Bros. banner.  It's a collaborative effort in every sense of the word -- we have three individuals taking credit for the writing of the script, including Boehning, Dalton and Lawruk, the latter two of which also edited the film.

There are some pretty impressive visuals here, including some nice work with exteriors.  The film looks good -- that's the greatest compliment you can pay it, really.  The natural lighting and high definition provide a solid cinematic look that draws you in far more than anything in the writing, which honestly comes off as derivative of any number of crime films.  We've seen this story before: two friends pitted against one another, where one wants to quit crime and the other doesn't.

The major question, then, is what does Logan do?  Does he kill Adam?  Does he follow in Adam's footsteps and flee his hometown and live on the run?  Whatever he decides, Adam did betray him -- he screwed Ackard over and left Logan to catch the heat for it.

So, if Logan doesn't kill Adam, where does that leave their relationship?

This winds up being the most interesting part of the story -- the moral dilemma faced by friends when one side of a relationship fails to hold up their end of a bargain.

What happens then?  A brutal, no holds barred battle.  And speaking of that battle -- the fight choreography is seriously impressive.  The violence feels authentic, real and painful.  There's a variety of weapons used.  The special make up effects are effective.

So in the end, "Loose Ends" does its job well.  The production values elevate the story into an entertaining watch.

OVERALL SCORES:

Writing: 2.5 / 5.  Derivative, but the story knows what it's about and moves along at a decent pace.
Directing: 3 / 5.  Dalton and Lawruk tell the story visually and do so with style, particularly with those big exterior shots.
Editing: 3 / 5.  The film does feel a little long.
Sound/Music: 3.5 / 5.  Nice score from Joseph Vickrey -- it's almost alt-Western.
Acting: 3 / 5.  Not bad.  Winn in particular has a chilling voice.  Martin reminded me of a young Leigh Whannell.

Final Grade: 3 / 5.

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Thanks for reading! I'm a screenwriter and script consultant. Most recently, I've worked with LMC Productions and Mad Antz Films in Australia. I helped mold Goodybag Productions' award winning screenplay "The Teacher" and Michael Maguire's feature length script "The Wolfpack", which is still in development.

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