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Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon Review

Riding heavily on an exciting finish, Trust, Greed, Bullets and Bourbon stalled and stalled, before finally climbing up the hill.

 

When I read the synopsis of the film, I was really captivated and thought this would be a strong, edgy film full of intrigue and excitement right from the beginning. Director Scott Kawczynski works hard to match Quentin Tarintino, whose ability to capture extreme shock in a slick way continues to captivate audiences throughout the world.

 

Five years have passed since five robbers-Tyler, David, Samantha, Circe and Hector- botched a simple heist for diamonds. Reconvening in a remote cabin somewhere in the USA, they discuss what could be done to successfully track down the diamonds. There is a good reason to believe one of them might be the cause behind the failed heist. With so many successful thefts, a simple ‘distract- steal- dash’ would not have been so hard.

 

As the title itself suggests, undertaking such an operation is no easy feat with five career criminals. When Max assaults a local townsperson, the group’s cover is severely compromised. Then friendly next door neighbour, Hector, continually arrives at the most inconvenient times. Finally, without warning one member turns his gun on another member.

 

With the eclectic group of characters, the film manages to hold some audience interest, especially during the more laboured scenes. The acting from Max Casella is outstanding, with the other leads turning in satisfactory performances. Secretly, though, this viewer hoped that each character would demonstrate some erratic behaviour to add interest, as most of the film is just a lot of tough talking, until the end.

Suddenly some excitement finally begins to build in the last fifteen minutes. When we begin to see what actually happen on the day of the heist through flashbacks, a heightened sense of delight comes. Putting together the puzzle becomes increasingly edgy. Then all of a sudden we are forced to reflect. Were these characters genuine or deceiving us? Where are the diamonds? Do they even exist? Can we be sure they will be split evenly?

As this is a directorial debut made on a low budget, I can understand all the intended outcomes could not have been achieved. There are some things though which must be taken with a grain of salt. The musical score went missing for long periods of time, and then suddenly just appeared when excitement started to build. Editing was an issue, particularly with the drawn out dialogues between the characters. And it was sometimes hard to believe these fresh faced characters were actually as dangerous as we were led to believe.

Overall though the film does enough (and only just) to make it over the hill.

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