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The Girl Is in Trouble (2015)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 3 April 2015 (USA)
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A Lower East Side bartender becomes entangled in a murder mystery involving a desperate woman, a missing drug dealer and the scion of a powerful investment firm.

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Julius Onah

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Credited cast:
Columbus Short ... August
Wilmer Valderrama ... Angel
Alicja Bachleda ... Signe
Jesse Spencer ... Nicholas
Miriam Colon ... Grandma
Paz de la Huerta ... Maria
Kareem Savinon ... Jesus
Mike Starr ... Fixer
Tom Pelphrey ... Eric
Wass Stevens ... Freddy
J. Bernard Calloway ... Dre
Omer Barnea Omer Barnea ... Amir
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Alves Paul Alves ... Manager
Luis Ayala ... Cop
Rachel Brill ... Background
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After spending the night with a mysterious woman, a down on his luck DJ discovers evidence of a murder involving a dangerous drug dealer and a billionaire's son. Desperate for money, he must decide whether to blackmail the killer or help the girl out of escalating troubles.

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No Rules. No Fear. Just Revenge.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Девушка в беде See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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2.35 : 1
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Inspired by the New York film noirs of the late 1940s and 1950s such as Jules Dassin's The Naked City (1948) and Samuel Fuller's Pickup on South Street (1953). See more »

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World of Beauty
Written by Dominique Deleon (as Dominque Deleon)
Produced by Dominique Deleon
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Looked like a student exercise - I see here that it was
24 May 2015 | by london777See all my reviews

The other night I caught up with "Cadillac Records". I was impressed with Columbus Short, a new name to me, and I decided to look out for his subsequent movies. After watching this mess I will stop looking.

Alicja Bachleda made her movie debut at 16 in a masterpiece. Sad she has sunk to this.

Mike Starr, who has appeared in an enormous number of movies as a heavy, either played straight or for humor, does his usual reliable job here.

I love Film Noir, and there is a good story hiding somewhere within all the confusion. Mr Onah should have handed over the direction to someone with a clue. They are not shy about promoting Spike Lee's name as one of the 17 (!) producers, executive producers and assistant producers. You would think that Lee or one of his colleagues would have had the common-sense to steer the director away from some of his more egregious errors, such as:

--- The incessant narration, on topics related and unrelated to the story in progress.

--- Awful camera-work, replete with shakes and glare.

--- The pointless flashbacks (a common feature of such low-budget would-be neo-noirs).

--- The horrible soundtrack, which made it almost impossible to follow the plot. So often these days the music (if that is what it is meant to be) drowns out the dialogue, made worse when, as here, many of the cast seem to suffer speech impediments.

I was discussing with a friend only today why so many Brit actors are now popping up in US movies, even in supporting roles as "All-American" characters. My friend thought it was because they were cheaper, but I think the main reason is because they can articulate. Method acting is great when used by a Newman or a Steiger, but downright confusing when attempted by knuckle-dragging illiterates who think it is a way to by- pass real training as actors.

I give it 4 for the sense of location and the promise in the plot. Not the lead actors' fault, they did their best. I don't suppose anyone involved will go near Onah as a director again. Maybe he can make a career as a screen-writer.

It looked like something made by a student. I see here that it was. I think a good rule-of-thumb for novice directors is to keep it simple, then add special effects and gimmicks as their skills increase with experience.


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