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Cast: Jessica Kaye, Josh Folan, Ginger Kroll, Adam Barnett, Carson Grant, Matt Jared, Tiffany Lee, Molly Fahey, Christy Prais
Creature of habit, Jon Smith (Josh Folan - “All My Children”, Ay Lav Yu, The Graduates) spends his days mindlessly working as a barista in New York City. When night falls, this seeming everyman savagely kills “filthy women” as his social outlet. A chance encounter with Delia (Jessica Kaye - “One Life to Live”, Veronika Decides to Die) a young prostitute searching for an escape from her troubled past, forces Jon to confront the most terrifying thing he has ever faced in all his dark affairs - himself. All God’s Creatures examines the true nature of what it means to be a monster and reveals that love is not only for a chosen few, but for all God's creatures.
The above synopsis pretty much covers the story but there's a few things I can add without ruining the entire film for those waiting to see it. The story at least at first focuses on Jon, a handsome man that most likely would have no problem with the ladies but Jon has other interests. After work he likes to go out and pick up prostitutes and take them back to his apartment and kill them. Yes, Jon is a serial killer, one day a woman walks into his work for a coffee, Delia is running from her past, a past that involves her abusive stepfather. She also is a prostitute, a choice she made to pay the rent and raise some money to get her younger sister away from the monster at home as well.
There's really no liking Jon, I mean the guy's hero is Bundy but you can sympathize with Delia and her problems. When they meet Jon's first thought and vision is strangling Delia to death but after he gets to know her a bit more he begins to have feelings for her and this is something he has never felt before. "All God's Creatures" is a drama/thriller about two very flawed people who meet and then try and hide who they really are from each other while all along fighting their inner demons.
Directors, Ryan Charles and Frank Licata do a great job at putting the audience in the head of their two main characters also thanks in large part to the writing by Josh Folan they are able to some how humanize Jon which is a very big accomplishment considering the monster he really is. Basically the film is a thriller with a love story attached, it's a clever and original take on the genre and one that keeps you watching and waiting to see how it all turns out.
The acting is another reason to see the film, Writer, Josh Folan stars as Jon and he does a terrific job bringing the character's cold and calculated self to life. Jessica Kaye is also incredible as Delia, both actors are extremely talented and have great chemistry together here, they make their characters real and very believable.
To talk about details more would only ruin what is an amazing ending to an already engaging and captivating film. This was certainly different than I expected going into it and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. "All God's Creatures" is a film Hollywood can only dream about making, one that has an amazing story, interesting and complex characters and a original idea that succeeds on every level.
The film deserves a wide audience and I think it will find it now that it is out on DVD. You can order the DVD HERE.
"All God's Creatures" is a great example of why Independent cinema is where it's at when it comes to great story-telling. I cannot recommend checking this film out enough.
Released by Osiris Entertainment
**** Out Of *****