DOWNWARD ANGEL (Movie)

4/?/2000
Action /Drama. Plum Creek Road Productions.
Screened; no wide release or video as yet.
Code: DA 4/2000

PLOT

John Hunter infiltrates the notorious Guild crime syndicate to find the man responsible for his parents' death.

CREDITS

Writers: Kevin Lewis, Troy Scott.
Director: Kevin Lewis,

CAST

Matt Schulze as John Hunter
Jonathan Banks as Herod, Guild Crime Boss
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick as Gillian
Whitney Dylan as Julie
Christopher Kriesa as Frank
Ajgie Kirkland as Dominick
David Leisure as Charles
Catalina Larranga as Christine
Michael Todd as Razor
Don Calfa as Adam
Bobby Foxworth as Priest

BAD GUY

Herod is a murderer, and head of Guild hitman operation. Uses man as punching bag. Treats his sister as a sex object. John describes him as the Devil.

CHARACTER

Quiet, calm, intimidating, gives orders coldly. Vengeful and angry when orders are not completed. Doesn't handle disappointment well. Listens to opera.

COMMENTS

Plot is confused. LINES and situations border on comic book at times. The hero's motivations are hard to understand in certain situations. Action sequences are often unbelievable, such as when the bad guys stand out in the open in groups shooting hails of bullets at John (who is also standing out in the open) but he picks them all off and in untouched. They could have split up and hit him off from cover easily. These are the feared Guild hitmen? The last twenty minute shoot out in the cemetery is full of similar instances.

Atmosphere aims toward the noir (sets often in neutrals and black/whites; many black costumes) and is loaded with heavy-handed religious imagery. Crosses and crucifixions are everywhere. John opens the drawer in the nightstand at the motel and we see his gun side by side with the Bible. Get it? Besides confessing to a priest and to the bartender, John also gets lots of mirrors, as he looks into his soul.

COSTUME

Mostly dark 'money' suits. Two scenes in gym, one in black t-shirt, other in sweatshirt.

CRITICS

" Things become more complicated when he gets involved with the girlfriend (Gabrielle Fitzpatrick) of his vicious boss (Jonathan Banks). This low-budget action film from writer-director Kevin Lewis has some effectively stylish scenes, but it's hampered by a confused script that by the end makes little, if any, sense. …But the screenplay is the main problem: Not only is it senseless, but the dialogue ranges from the merely derivative to the downright embarrassing; and the little hints at New Testament symbolism -- the bad guy is named Herod, for a start -- are worse." A.K , New Times Los Angeles, 3/1/2001, section Movies/Other films.

LINES

"You've got guts. I like that, I like that a lot. Passion drives us all. Without it we're empty."

"The restaurant across the street's to die for. It's my favorite restaurant. I gave them all my mother's favorite recipes. I mean, saying no to me is like saying no to my mother. You don't want to hurt her feelings."

(Torturing Charles) "Did you fuck her, Charles? And I hope it was good, because it's the last time your dick's ever gonna work. You want to tell me where she is?"

"I want their livers on a plate."

"I'd like you to come out now. You're trying my patience. It's Hunter season."

(After Gillian shoot him) "Bullet-proof. Christ, you can never trust a woman. Well, sis…" (shoots her)

(About the crime John wants vengeance for) "It's a job. It was a job. It was nothing personal."

SCREEN TIME

About half the movie, scenes throughout.

WATCH FOR

A great example of a JB bad guy ‘kiss’ when he nuzzles Gabrielle’s neck and licks her throat, after grabbing her breast.

LOCATION

Los Angeles, September-October 1999.

WEB SITE

Official marketing site http://www.downwardangelmovie.com