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Men without work feature in the occasionally engrossing yet mostly unfulfilling The Nothing Men.
The Nothing Men asks its audience to accept a key coincidence, but in doing so writer-director Mark Fitzpatrick seeks to plumb the darkness of desperate men's souls.
It's a story that may have worked better on stage, or in a short film. On the big screen it feels thin.
I think this is a calling card film and he's shown what he can do with a camera and with performances.
The plotting, and the involvement of the troubled Wesley, also seems a bit contrived. But it all pays off in a powerfully satisfying climax.
The Nothing Men's makers have delivered what seems at first a topical testosterone-laced blue collar drama of male ego on a slow burn only to deftly, almost surreptitiously flip the film upside down to become a hard-bitten psychological thriller.
Mark Fitzpatrick's debut feature is a striking and haunting work, twisting and morphing as it sweeps us along its unexpected trajectory.
There is plenty to recommend this gripping and often disturbing portrait of men treading water in nowhere land as they wait for fate to take an upper hand
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