"A Single Shot," a new indie film starring Sam Rockwell, tells the story of a poor hunter, who becomes prey himself after accidentally shooting a young woman and finding a ton of cash that belongs to some hardened criminals. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.
Sam Rockwell stars in a new indie film that also features William H. Macy and Jeffrey Wright.
It's called "A Single Shot."
Rockwell plays John Moon, a poor man who lives alone in a remote, impoverished backwoods area.
Out hunting for deer one day, he fires a shot and accidentally kills a young woman.
He hides her body and while surveying the immediate area, discovers a box containing $100,000.
With some of his new found cash, he hires a two-bit lawyer, played by William H. Macy.
Moon's goal is to prevent his wife from divorcing him, so he can stay with both her and his young son.
But Moon is sloppy, and eventually, some hardened criminals, who the money belongs to, come after him.
From that point on, it's a game of cat and mouse, as hunter Moon becomes prey himself.
"A Single Shot" is part mood piece and part thriller that's piloted by several exceptional performances.
Rockwell is the key here, and his chameleon-like abilities as an actor never cease to amaze me.
From "Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind" to the sci-fiction film "Moon" to this, he's totally different and convincing in whatever role he inhabits.
Macy and Rockwell, who've worked together before, have a nice rapport onscreen, while Macy often provides some subtle comic relief.
Jeffery Wright as Rockwell's friend is also a standout.
It is too bad the film itself isn't up to the caliber of the performances.
Directed by David M. Rosenthal, it's an atmospheric piece that plot-wise is sort of predictable. There are also some slow stretches.
Overall, it is not worth full price at the box office, but if you're a fan of these actors, it is worth a look On Demand.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 2.5 Apples