Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 26th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2015
Production Company: Creepy Kid Productions
Approximate running time: 106 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Director: Christopher Di Nunzio
Writers: Pedro Alvarado, Christopher Di Nunzio
Cinematographer: Nolan Yee
Composer: Eros Cartechini
Cast: Michael Capozzi, Fiore Leo, Molly Kay, David Graziano, John Martellucci, Erica Derrickson, William Bloomfield
The Narrative for A Life Not to Follow, follows three stories that intersect at the film’s finale. The first story revolves around a man named Eric, who has just served 16 years in prison and now that he is free, he seeks vengeance against the crime family that turned their back on him. The second story focuses on a gangster named Luca, who ruthlessness has put him in the cross-hairs of his uncle, the boss of a crime syndicate. The third story centers around a former disgraced FBI agent named Tobias, who has since become a private investigator.
Content wise, this crime / thriller is firmly rooted in the aesthetics that has become synonymous with the modern take on the Film Noir genre. The multilayered narrative does a superb job bringing the trio of stories which makes up this film’s plot. And the film’s finale delivers a very satisfying conclusion to the events that preceded it.
The characters are well defined and the cast are all very good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance being David Graziano in the role of Tobias, a private detective whose current case involving a missing girl puts him on a collision course with the two other narratives. Another performance of note is Fiore Leo (Livestock) in the role of Eric, the man who has spent sixteen years being tormented in prison.
When discussing A Life Not to Follow, one must not overlook Christopher Di Nunzio’s (Her Heart Still Beats, Under the Dark Wing, Delusion) rock solid direction which allows keys moments an ample amount of time to resonate. Another strength of this film are its visuals which do a phenomenal job setting and maintaining the bleakness of the story at hand. And nowhere is this more evident then when it comes where characters violent sides are exposed.
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