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Image and video hosting by TinyPic Cast: Forest Whitaker, Michael Chiklis, Ray Liotta, Nikki Reed, Stephen Lang, Marton Csokas, Jessica Szohr

Director: David A. Armstrong

Genre: Crime/Action/Thriller

Year: 2013

Rating: R

Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker and Golden Globe® winner Michael Chiklis reunite for the first time since “The Shield” for the most gripping crime thriller of the year: An all-night diner. A cop walks in on a robbery in progress. But what happens next – and what happened just before – will change everything you think you know. Now the building is surrounded. There are fingers on every trigger. And one very intense hostage situation is about to take some extremely shocking twists.

"Pawn" is a hard film to talk about without ruining it for others that haven't seen the film yet so I am only going to talk about the plot a bit more. This is a crime thriller that takes place in a diner which is robbed. The robbery was suppose to be an in and out thing but things quickly go from bad to worse when we find out that the owner of the diner is in the Mafia. To be honest that is about all the info you need before watching the film.

The film's opening scene sets the stage for what is to come which is a solid thriller that has enough twists and turns along the way to keep you engaged and entertained. Just when you think you got it figured out another twist is tossed into the mix, this is very clever story-telling that keeps you on the edge the entire time.

Before putting the movie in to watch it I was already impressed with the film's cast list which includes, Forest Whitaker, Michael Chiklis, Ray Liotta, Nikki Reed, Stephen Lang, Marton Csokas and Jessica Szohr. This is an ensemble piece so I am not going to point out any one actor I thought was great in the film because everyone did a fantastic job. Production there isn't much to talk about, the film is set insider the diner but the cinematography looks great.

David A. Armstrong has been around the business for some time now but this was his first time behind the camera as a Director and I think he did a fantastic job leading this terrific cast and telling this complex story. I look forward to seeing what he does next. I must also mention Writer, Jay Anthony White because without him you don't have this clever little crime tale.

"Pawn" is an intelligent little crime thriller that gets the audience involved right from the start and it keeps you invested until the credits begin to roll. This isn't going to win any major awards but it's more entertaining than a lot of films in theaters today so if you like the genre I highly recommend checking out this impressive little film and it's amazing cast. Available on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. You can order the DVD HERE and the Combo Pack HERE. Both come with Special Features that include:

PAWN: Behind The Scenes

Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

*** 3/4 Out Of *****