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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Brian Maris

Starring:
Donald Turner
Jill Small
Hosea L. Simmons

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What's it about
A violent death connects a young woman with “powers” to see the dead and a dude trying to get his nephew and him out of the ghetto. The uncle and the girl soon end up on the run from a pissed off gangsta and a bald headed psycho.
Is it good movie?

Okay, I’m impressed. I see a whole lot of really low-budget films and some of them I dig and some of them… well, I don’t. So when I popped in this cross-breed of The Ghost Whisperer meets Boyz n the Hood I was simply amazed. Director Brian Maris shoots his characters and the world they live in using all sorts of tricks with the camera and editing, whether it be sped up film, blurry shots, close-ups on a door when tons of violence is heard all around and the thing it, it works. He knows his budget and he used it to his advantage by keeping what could have been cheesy B-movie action shots off-screen and focusing on character and a few carefully chosen, brutal moments. He also crosses genres very well, whether you call it urban drama, supernatural thriller or whatever label you want to smack on it, it works and uses the stereotypes to create some charismatic characters. This is a well directed and well written take on each genre which is not always perfect, but it is one of the best examples of how to make a genre movie with a low budget. It’s creative, sometimes touching and sometimes a little brutal.

The story revolves around a dude named Cal (Donald Turner) who is trying desperately to get him and his nephew out of their ghetto life. He finally gets his hands on a ton of cash and shares it with his nephew but with the prying eye’s of his boss’ thug. The said boss it seems had a bit of bad luck with somebody stealing a chunk of change from him. Meanwhile there is a girl named Sarah (the lovely Jill Small) who is blessed with the “I see dead people” thing. She also packs a pretty mean shot gun and seems to learn a thing or two from the ghosts she talks to who sometimes live through her to make amends or take revenge. This gift has taken a toll on her and keeps her from connecting to those that are actually alive. Circumstance soon leads to Cal and Sarah on the run from his former boss and also a man who seems to have the same power as Sarah. Both Donald Turner and Jill Small are perfect in their roles, in fact, most of the actors here are quite good, usually, in a low-budget picture like this you have a few moments of “bad acting” but that is kept to a minimum here; one especially beautiful sequence that revolves around a woman who died while giving birth to her child. She uses Sarah to comfort the husband while he holds her baby. This is one of those moments where you forget that you aren’t watching a multi-million dollar movie with top-notch effects.
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What can I say, I loved Slip. I forgot that I was watching a cheap genre flick and actually felt for the characters. Writer and director Brian Maris has done an exceptional job. His work here is commendable and he shows more promise than many of the big budget flicks playing at a theatre near you. I admit that there are a few minor flaws with the film; I still feel that it is exactly the film he tried to make. A sublime cast, most notably Donald Turner and Jill Small also make this a must see film. Their work is fantastic and very real. Maybe this film wouldn’t be a four star movie next to some of the bigger budget, studio, Oscar fare, but it certainly earns it as a fascinating genre piece with character and heart… plus a little creepiness to go along with it.
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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