'Ten 'Til Noon'
(Alfonso Freeman, Jenya Lano, et al / DVD / R / 2007 / Radio London Films)
Overview: Get ready for this full throttle, sexually charged thriller. When billionaire Larry Taylor wakens to find two assassins (Alfonso Freeman and Jenya Lano) in his bedroom.The countdown begins on the most terrifying and possibly final 10 minutes of his life.
DVD Verdict: This humorous crime thriller opens with Larry, a wealthy computer nerd, waking up in his bed one fine morning at ten ‘til noon. Well, it would be fine if a well-dressed man and his sexy female assistant weren’t sitting across the room pointing a gun at him. In this room it’s all riddles and pleas for mercy. We’re not really sure why these people have been sent to kill Larry, we just know that they’re supposed to do it right at 12 noon.
When the clock strikes 12, we’re taken to another location and back ten minutes. We are once again at ten ‘til noon. With this new setting and new pair of characters, Larry’s dilemma unfolds furthermore and we start to understand why someone wants him dead. This format continues until we’ve met a whole slate of crazy characters involved in this plot for nerd murder. Mob bosses, cheating significant others and perverts, oh my!
Yep, 'Ten 'Til Noon' has the requisite thriller elements, all in fine form - the femme fatales, the hitmen, the double-crosses, sex and violence galore. But the unique story structure puts it over the edge into great filmmaking. This is a fantastic, highly original indie film that demonstrates there are still new ways to tell a story.
Oh yeah, and for those who decide to watch it: be sure to partially stick through the end credits for a funny epilogue to the story!
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