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A Moviemax release of a Gamp Produzioni production. Executive producers, Alessandro Passadore, Manetti Bros.
Directed by Manetti Brothers (Marco Manetti, Antonio Manetti). Screenplay, Giampaolo Morelli, Manetti Brothers, Anatole Pierre Fuksas. Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Fabio Amadei; editor, Federico Maneschi; music, Pivio and Aldo De Scalzi; production designer, Chiara Salviucci; costume designer Cinzia Luchetti. Reviewed at UCI Cinemas Marconi, Rome, March 10, 2006. Original title: Piano 17. Running time: 105 MIN.
With: Giampaolo Morelli, Elisabetta Rocchetti, Enrico Silvestrin, Giuseppe Soleri, Antonino Iuorio, Massimo Ghini.
Asmall, pulpy thriller centered on a time bomb ticking in a stuck elevator, “Floor 17” is a refreshing piece of no-budget Italo filmmaking. Helming duo the Manetti Brothers manage to maximize their less-than $100,000 budget with deft plotting and a pro cast. Modest yet stylishly engaging pic drummed up decent local biz on limited release March 3.
After a bank heist near the Via Veneto goes awry, one of the robbers, Mancini (Giampaolo Morelli), is told to blow up an office in the bank’s headquarters. Two cohorts wait in a car while he enters an elevator dressed as a janitor with a time bomb concealed in a garbage can. On board the elevator, which suddenly stops, are sexy secretary Violetta (Elisabetta Rocchetti) and wimpy clerk Meroni (Giuseppe Soleri). Hereon, pic interweaves flashbacks, revealing, among other things, why one cohort, Pittana (Enrico Silvestrin), plotted to have Mancini explode between floors. Tighter than the Manettis’ debut (spoof “Zora the Vampire”), “Floor” could use a trim in the final reels and is let down by a feel-good finale. Technically, the pic is smooth, with crisp DV lensing and a pulsating trance score.
— Nick Vivarelli