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Cast: Mick Rossi, Robert Miano, Aaron Gallagher, Jorge Jimenez, Peter Dobson, Val Kilmer, Bruce Kirby, Sile Bermingham, Sean Power
Even the best-laid plans can go astray, as a quartet of rough-edged thieves find out when they attempt to rob an elegant hotel on a snowbound winter night in this contemporary noir thriller from director Phillip Guzman. When things go wrong, events take an absurd and deadly course for robbers Mercer and Willy.
If you're looking for an explosive, action-packed heist thriller than I suggest you go ahead and keep looking because 2:22 is not that kind of film. But what it lacks in action it more than makes up for in other areas such as style and camera work. The gritty look, cinematography and soundtrack all give the film the look it needs to succeed. If Director, Phillip Guzman wanted any action film I am sure he could of easily went that way with it but instead he wanted a thinking man's thriller. This a character-driven heist film filled with drama and suspense plus it has characters you feel for, mostly in a bad way because it is hard to tell which one is worse since their all pretty evil. These are all bad people who do bad things which is one of the reasons I liked the film so much because these are believable characters. The story is deliberately slow in introducing the characters and setting up the story, their plan for the heist takes time in being told but the film never drags because the story is well thought out and the deliver is very good. The cast is another reason the film is better than what you might expect, with veteran actors that play their roles perfectly including, Mick Rossi, Robert Miano and Aaron Gallagher to name a few. Val Kilmer is displayed on the DVD cover but his screen time is very limited in the film, when he is on screen though he steals every scene.
2:22 is a stylish heist film that has depth and characters that are so well-written you are immediately taken in by the whole thing, there are also a few twists along the way to keep you on the edge and interested. The story is laid out in a way that keeps you invested, there's no short cuts to the end here, it is a film that makes you commit your time to it but in the end you're well rewarded. 2:22 may not be the best heist film ever but it is certainly an entertaining one. Released by Inception Media Group
*** 1/2 Out Of *****