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CROSSED
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Stolis Hadjicharalambous

Starring:
Christopher J. Otis
Javier Rodriguez
Henry Borriello

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Frank Archer is a hit-man with revenge on his mind. After watching his father killed in cold blood, he waits patiently to find the one responsible so he can take his own bloody revenge. Bottom Line: Crossed is a well intentioned thriller. Writer/director Stolis Hadjicharalambous knows his way around a film like this, and it sometimes works. However, the casting is a problem, since most of them seem too young and too unbelievable for this to really work as well as it could have. The lead actor however was an interesting choice. He seemed kind of soft and weak, but there was certainly a bit of a powder keg intensity in him. Considering the budget, there is certainly good in this mostly average low- budget crime flick.
Is it good movie?
Crossed is a respectable attempt at a crime thriller. This lurid tale of a young hit man looking to exact revenge on the man who killed his father has all the makings of a gritty drama. You have a young anti-hero named Frank Archer (Christopher J. Otis) who comes across just a little too clean-cut. He shoots his way through a group of bad guys, all of them gunned down by this deadly assassin with a squeaky little voice. However, his meekness made for an interesting leading man in this type of film, not the perfect choice, but a unique one at that.

Letís start off with what works. Director Stolis Hadjicharalambous knows how to make an action sequence work. Donít get me wrong, some of the fights are weak and you can see that the hits just arenít hitting. The opening sequence however is a pretty brutal little piece of cinema. When the Archer and another gentleman get down and dirty in a filth-ridden public bathroom, there is definitely some excitement to be had. Stolis (who also co-wrote the script with Otis) builds a little bit of tension yet something just isnít completely right. The truth is, if you want the weight that should be with these characters, hire actors who can honestly bring that to the table.

As admirable of a task this film was to make, the fact that the cast is so damn young makes it a little unbelievable. Okay, strike that, really unbelievable. At times, it felt as if I was watching a YouTube video that some kids got together and made. If it wasnít for the fact that the director has some sincerely impressive skills, it wouldíve been beyond ridiculous. Not a single one these characters was very believable, and yes that is really important, even in an action film. The age of these guys and the simplicity of the story certainly didnít help the situation.

I respect the work that clearly went into the making of Crossed. The casting wasnít perfect, and that sometimes hindered my involvement, but there was some magic here. It would be a treat to see what Solis could do with a bigger budget, although a tighter script and a few actors older than thirty may help even more.
Video / Audio
NA - got a screener
The Extras
NA - got a screener
Last Call
Crossed is a well intentioned thriller. Writer/director Stolis Hadjicharalambous knows his way around a film like this, and it sometimes works. However, the casting is a problem, since most of them seem too young and too unbelievable for this to really work as well as it could have. The lead actor however was an interesting choice. He seemed kind of soft and weak, but there was certainly a bit of a powder keg intensity in him. Considering the budget, there is certainly good in this mostly average low- budget crime flick.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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