Review: The Shoot (2014)

From Wonder Wheel Productions and joint writing/directing team John Adams & Toby Poser ‘The Shoot’ stars John DiMaggio (“Futurama,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), Keith Allan (“Z Nation,” “Mad Men”), Doug Spearman (Cradle 2 The Grave), and Toby Poser (The Lucky Ones).

The main protagonists are Tommy (Adams) & Dougie (Sam Rodd); a pair of struggling musicians that are in debt to a loan shark represented by token ‘Bad Guy’ Steve (DiMaggio) while trying finish off their recording sessions.

The film opens strongly with a shot of a pair of high-heeled legs and an erotically charged sex scene which is just the start of the films shocking taboo moments. We are then introduced to the caricatured demanding fashion photographer Mack (Allan) and his long suffering team including Tommy’s girlfriend Maddy (Poser). Despite the cliche comic French accent Allan’s performance is enjoyable as is DiMaggio’s; the character actors shine in this film.

Tommy & Dougie come across the idea of robbing a desert fashion shoot after hearing Maddy’s tales of expensive jewellery that is left around the set but inevitably their attempt does not go to plan.IMG_1063.JPG

The film is thrillingly dark and ‘in-your-face’ as reflected by the cinematography & production design which is mostly high contrast and tightly framed. I did feel the films main action sequence came a little too soon as the rest of the film is spent dealing with the consequences of this. The tone turns increasingly dark as the characters true natures are revealed.

The film is somewhat reminiscent of Natural Born Killers (1994) and the Coen Brothers.

3/5


 

Originally reviewed for Battle Royale With Cheese

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