The Listing Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"
Mario Cerrito III has brought to us another tension filled thriller that undoubtedly pushes the limits of human behavior and projects that on screen. His previous film Deadly Gamble dealt with the dangers of one man's poor decisions and how that could affect his loved ones around him. This film is about a devoted family man and husband (played by Bernard Glincosky, who starred in Mario's previous film Deadly Gamble), a successful realtor, somewhat distracted by work but reels his focus back onto his family life. But when his son gets kidnapped and gets a note, he is pushed to do some horrible things in order to get his son back. Things that could ruin his own life. This concept is not brand new. The first thing I thought of when I saw this film was that in a big way it reminded me of the film Ransom starring Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, and Gary Sinise. About parents who would go to any lengths to get back their son who was taken from them. This movie definitely has that element to it but what Mario did was personalize it, especially with the beginning of the film where it draws in focus on the importance of fatherhood, parenthood, the relationship between father and son. It's terrifying enough to think that anything could happen to any child, but to your own is worse, and then to not only have them taken by someone but that the only way to get them back is do terrible things like killing someone in order to get them back. This is what I feel writer/director Mario does best - He puts his characters, normal everyday people, in situations of peril, thus it really makes the suspense all the more palpable. I thought there were a lot of solid performances through out the film. Though I will admit that there were a few moments that I wished were pulled back a bit, only because I feel like more intensity comes out of more calm and quieter moments. Like a less is more kind of thing. But I have to commend Sal Marchese, the young actor who plays Bernard's son in the film. I felt he really brought it and did well in his part. Even Indie Horror Scream Queen Jessica Cameron jumps in to take a scene and lend her scream to the mix! Which was fun to watch play out! Overall I felt this was a solid thriller and I think audiences will respond strongly to this new addition to Mario Cerrito III's filmography! What great lengths a father will go for his child? Keep your eyes open for this film and see for yourself!