Low-budget indie about a psycho killer (Thomas Jay Ryan, of "Henry Fool") reuniting with his estranged half-brother (Andrew Borba) is impossibly ill-conceived and ill-executed. Debut feature from producer/writer/director/editor Mark Wilkinson is both pretentious and cliched, with some competent actors sunk by bad dialogue.

Low-budget indie about a psycho killer (Thomas Jay Ryan, of “Henry Fool”) reuniting with his estranged half-brother (Andrew Borba) is impossibly ill-conceived and ill-executed. Debut feature from producer/writer/director/editor Mark Wilkinson is both pretentious and cliched, with some competent actors sunk by bad dialogue; unraveling the cross-cutting of the two main plot threads leads to an irritatingly inconsistent time scheme. Commercial prospects are dim.

After more than a decade out of touch, psycho Jimmy drives to Cape Cod to see sibling Lucian, a New Age keyboard star, but murders someone on the way. Since Lucian is a snotty jerk, Jimmy strikes up an uneasy friendship with Lucian’s lover, Gypsy (Annunziata Gianzero), a violinist who has mysteriously given up her career. Simultaneously, a retired police detective (veteran Dick Bakalyan) is hot on his trail, if “hot” can describe pacing that’s been edited into a chronology-challenged stew. Worse is the serious stuff about the artistic conflicts of a Yanni/John Tesh wannabe and his equally New Age-y honey.

Dischord

Production

An Artistic License release of an Ivy Media Group production. Produced by Mark Wilkinson. Directed, written, edited by Mark Wilkinson.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Ernst Kubitza; music, John McCarthy; production designers, Natacha Alpert, Erica Switzer; costume designers, Dana Peterson, Hana Rausalova, Maria C. Sparagna. Reviewed at the Fairfax Theater, L.A., March 2, 2003. Running time: 105 MIN.

With

Thomas Jay Ryan, Annunziata Gianzero, Richard Bakalyan, Andrew Borba, Rick Wessler.
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