A well-intentioned but clumsily executed political thriller.

A deputy war-crimes prosecutor in Belgrade investigates a Serbian paramilitary unit and discovers that the shadowy figure responsible for their orders is still at large in the well-intentioned but clumsily executed political thriller “Redemption Street,” from debuting helmer Miroslav Terzic. Despite an excess of ludicrous coincidence, Djordje Milosavljevic and Nikola Pejakovic’s screenplay is notable for its acknowledgement of Serbian war crimes against civilians in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo. But in all other respects, the pic plays like a bad copy of straight-to-video American product. March theatrical outing in Serbia garnered approximately 50,000 viewers.

Sincere Dusan (producer Gordon Kicic) is determined to succeed in his first substantial assignment, and prove himself to his blustering boss (Rade Serbedzija) and critical father (Predrag Ejdus). A chance encounter with a former paramilitary fighter (Uliks Fehmiu), who is now in hiding, ultimately results in the chance to take down “the hunchback” (Petar Bozovic), whose evil deeds have long been covered up by those in power. The two distaff characters serve as mere plot devices, albeit each with a rather tame (by Serbian standards) sex scene. Thesping runs the gamut from one-note grimacing to scenery chewing.

Redemption Street

Serbia-Slovenia

Production

A FilmKombajn, Pakt Media production. (International sales: Fortissimo, Amsterdam.) Produced by Gordan Kicic. Executive producer, Snezana Penev. Directed by Miroslav Terzic. Screenplay, Djordje Milosavljevic, Nikola Pejakovic.

Crew

Camera (color), Miladin Colakovic; editor, Dejan Urosevic; music, Ivan Brkljacic; production designer, Aljosa Spajic; costume designer, Zora Mojsilovic. Reviewed at Sarajevo Film Festival (competing), July 12, 2012. Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Gordan Kicic, Rade Serbedzija, Uliks Fehmiu, Jelena Dokic, Milica Mihajlovic, Predrag Ejdus, Petar Bozovic, Bojan Zirovic, Aleksandar Durica, Miki Krstovic, Marko Bacovic, Marko Janjic. (Serbian dialogue)

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