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Too Late (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | April 2016 (USA)
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Explores the tangled relationship between a troubled private investigator and the missing woman he's hired to help find.

Director:

Dennis Hauck

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Dennis Hauck
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Crystal Reed ... Dorothy Mahler
Dichen Lachman ... Jill
Natalie Zea ... Mary Mahler
Dash Mihok ... Jesse
Joanna Cassidy ... Eleanor Mahler
John Hawkes ... Samson
Jeff Fahey ... Roger
Robert Forster ... Gordy Lyons
Helen Sadler ... Actress
Sydney Tamiia Poitier ... Veronica
Rider Strong ... Matthew
Vail Bloom ... Janet Lyons
Vanessa Sheri ... Bikini Girl
David Yow ... Arthur
Aly Trasher ... Giddyup Girl
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Explores the tangled relationship between a troubled private investigator and the missing woman he's hired to help find.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cлишком поздно See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,000, 20 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$60,438, 19 May 2016
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Foe Killer Films See more »
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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In the fourth segment at the drive in movie venue, the disembodied (uncredited) announcer amusingly (perhaps directed so) stumbles over the pronunciation of (Genevieve) Bujold's surname several times. See more »

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References Bully for Bugs (1953) See more »

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You're My Choice Tonight (Choose Me)
Written by Marcus Miller & Luther Vandross
Performed by Teddy Pendergrass
Published by Universal Music Corp. o/b/o Sunset Burgundy, Inc. (ASCAP) And EMI April Music (ASCAP) o/b/o Sony/ATV Music Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Electra/Asylum Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Engaging if a bit overly ambitious
18 June 2015 | by otaking241See all my reviews

Decided to see this at the LA Film Fest for a chance at seeing John Hawkes in action. I was not familiar with writer/director Dennis Hauck but will keep an eye out for him in the future--I think he shows a lot of promise.

"Too Late" is an ambitious contemporary film noir in five non-sequential acts, each of which is shot in a single take. As far as directorial "tricks" go this is one of my favorites, and Haucks executes it very well, without sacrificing movement or dynamism in the scenes. One unexpected result is that you are aware of the camera more than in most films, especially where the varied lighting, extremely long zooms and tough focal situations really make you feel the mechanical limitations of the camera and 35mm film. Whether this is intentional or not it's a nice nod to what is becoming a dying format.

The plot itself is fairly well represented in the genre: a beautiful woman (self-referenced as a "stripper with a heart of gold") calls for help from a private eye (Hawkes) and is subsequently murdered. This film spares us the investigative aspect of the ensuing drama and instead focuses on the emotional response of the characters. The following acts show us the aftermath, fill out the backstory, and finally provide some closure by revealing a plot twist that, while not entirely unpredictable, reframes the entire film in a very fresh and interesting way. Kudos to Haucks for the excellent ending, which is a trick that many miss but goes a long way towards creating a positive feeling about the film.

The acting is generally excellent, led by Hawkes who fill the grizzled gumshoe role admirably. He's a very self-effacing actor who follows the "less is more" philosophy, and delivers his character convincingly even when it's clear the dialogue is getting a bit carried away. Also notable is Dichen Lachman, who has continued to up her game and is becoming an actor worth following.

If I have any complaint about the film it's that Haucks seems to be emulating Tarantino a bit too closely, especially in the writing department. I think it's a fine idea to do a Pulp Fiction-style take on the noir genre, but I could do with less of the long-winded, dense, occasionally incomprehensible dialogue that's packed with more external references than a Joyce novel. A few too many eye-roll-inducing lines take a bit of the shine of what is an otherwise very enjoyable film, but it is well worth seeing nonetheless.


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