The Girl Is In Trouble (2015)
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as Ms. Chang
as Yuppie #1
as Yuppie #2
as Landlord's Translator
as Charles Feinman
as Yuppie #3
as Plain Clothes Cop
as Landlord's Assistant
as Ms. Chang's Son
as Swedish Officer
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Onah doesn't quite stick the landing narratively, although he has such filmmaking energy that his work here merits comparison to that of the film's executive producer, Spike Lee.
Onah - whose movie began life as his thesis project at New York University - seems more keen on showing how the tensions of immigration and gentrification have shaped the Lower East Side than on fashioning a credible thriller.
A textbook noir premise gets an overamped and undercompelling treatment ...
The story has plenty of possibilities, though Onah rarely manages to put his own stamp on things.
Ultimately, it's not so much the story - centered around a coke-fueled murder - that compels as Onah's familiarity with his setting. He's got a great feel for the vibrancy of downtown and the diversity of its population.
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So, this indie has things going for it. The story is interesting with some nice twists and turns and the acting is good. The thing that is suffers from is that it tries way too hard to be "interesting". By doing cutaways, text over the picture, insightful voice over monologues, etc. Honestly, it really just needed to tell the story. Some of the interesting stuff was fun to look at, but it didn't contribute a whole lot to the story as a whole. Like I said though, the acting is good. This is a far cry from Fez and Handy Manny for Wilmer Valderrama and he does a really nice job. Columbus Short (from Scandal), Jesse Spencer (from House), and Alicja Bachleda round out the cast well. It also has a fun remix of My Moon My Man by Feist, which is a great song. But overall, it just tries too hard.
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