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Cast: Ross McCall, Fernanda Andrade, Julie Warner, Brian Tee, Ed Lauter, Eric Roberts, Jessy Schram, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, Mo Anouti, Anthony V. Pugliese, Luke Lafontaine, Dave Baker, Anthony De Longis
The Beautiful Ones - The son of a powerful crime-family falls for the daughter of a rival crime-family - But these two are no Romeo and Juliet!
"The Beautiful Ones" tells the story of Gabriel Tancredi(Ross McCall), he strong arms for a local crime boss who he happens to be the nephew of as well. Gabriel models himself on his big screen idol, Steve McQueen. He has collected the same hardware that Steve used in his films like the car and the sunglasses. He also has the same attitude as well. When he is asked by his boss to get close to their rival's daughter, Eva(Fernanda Andrade) things get a bit complicated as the two begin to fall for each other beginning a forbidden romance.
He has always been loyal to his boss, his Aunt(Julie Warner) who now runs the family business with a strong hand. But when his new romance threatens not only his life but the life of his love interest he decides it is time to choose which which one he wants more.
The film's trailer really got my interest, you can check out what I mean by watching the trailer for yourself HERE. The basic plot is simple enough but the film has a lot of things going on among a number of different characters so it remains engaging all the way through. I am not going to dwell on the plot anymore here because this is one film that really needs to be seen to be appreciated. Instead I will tell everyone about the film itself.
First off The film is shot in black and white and it looks simply amazing. I felt like I could have walked right into the film itself. Secondly, I loved the humor in the film and I loved the way Gabriel at times talked directly to the audience "Ferris Bueller" style. There is also a good deal of drama and action as well, The film is Stylish, Elegant, Funny and Brutal.
Another fantastic thing about the film is the brilliant cast, Ross McCall is terrific as Gabriel, this is the film that sees McCall peak as a leading man. Fernanda Andrade is breath-taking as Eva and she stands toe to toe with McCall in each and every scene. Together they light up the screen. And the rest of the supporting cast all did great as well including Brian Tee, Eric Roberts and the late, great Ed Lauter.
"The Beautiful Ones" is old school Noir that is visually stunning and the action scenes knock it out of the park but I was expecting that from Director, Jess V, Johnson with his stunt work background. I have enjoyed everyone of his films up till now but this one is easily his best and most mature film yet. The film is set for a 2016 release date but I encourage everyone to head over to the film's Facebook page HERE to keep up with the film's progress.
I loved everything about this amazing action film, it is an entertaining, original and captivating story that will leave you with a big smile on your face. "The Beautiful Ones" takes you back to when Hollywood made great movies and oh did I enjoyed being reminded of that. The story takes it's time setting everything up but between the great acting and the well developed characters you are always engaged and once the action starts you shift to the edge of your seat till the kick-ass climax.
**** 1/2 Out Of *****