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Cast: Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Ted Levine, Kelly Reilly, Jason Isaacs
When John Moon (Sam Rockwell) accidentally shoots a young woman and discovers a bag full of cash, the isolated hunter becomes the hunted. His struggle to conceal both the death and the money triggers a cascade of events and encounters that ultimately escalates into a battle for survival.
"A Single Shot" tells the story of John Moon, a poacher who just cannot catch a break. His family lost their farm to the local bank and he is having a hard time dealing with the fact that his wife has left him with their infant child.
As the film opens John is getting ready to go out on his morning hunt, there is not much more to do in the backwoods. while shooting at some deer John accidentally shoots a woman, he also finds an over turned trucked and inside a metal box full of cash. He decides to bury the body and of course take the cash but as time goes by John soon learns that someone knows he has the cash and they want it back.
"A Single Shot" is a dark, moody thriller that has a very slow pace to it. Thankfully it supplies enough atmosphere to keep everyone interested but I think it could of used a little trimming to bring it closer to a hour and a half, it would create a little better pace. That being said I did enjoy the film's mystery and the woods provided the perfect setting. It created just the right amount of atmosphere and suspense.
Another thing that made the film so good was it's cast, Sam Rockwell is a terrific actor and he again delivers an amazing performance as John. But he is not alone, the film also gets strong performances from Jeffrey Wright, Kelly Reilly, Jason Isaacs and William H. Macy who never disappoints.
I have seen some people say the ending was not very good but I thought it was realistic and it did not go the Hollywood way of having a happy ending, the ending is the one that made the most sense. In closing I would have to see that this was a solid noir thriller that has amazing cinematography and outstanding acting. It was a bit darker than I originally suspected it to be but that made me like it even more. I recommend it to all fans of the genre and/or the amazing cast.
Available on DVD and Blu-ray, both come with Special Features that include:
Released by Well Go USA
**** Out Of *****