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Catch Hell (2014)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 20 November 2014 (Kuwait)
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A fading Hollywood pretty-boy gets taken and brutalized in Louisiana by two local men with his total ruination at heart.

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Ryan Phillippe (as RP)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Phillippe ... Reagan Pearce
Ian Barford Ian Barford ... Mike
Stephen Louis Grush ... Junior (as Stephen Grush)
James DuMont ... Tony Cunningham
Russ Russo ... Tim Remmit
Joyful Drake ... Diane
Ray Wood Ray Wood ... Butch
Carol Sutton ... Delores
Tig Notaro ... Careen
Heidi Brook Myers ... Rhonda (as Heidi Brook-Myers)
Hakim Callender Hakim Callender ... Security Guard
Ramona Tyler Ramona Tyler ... Flight Attendant
Erin Cessna Erin Cessna ... Girl
Jessica Lane Smith Jessica Lane Smith ... Girl 1
Jamie Normand Jamie Normand ... Girl 2 (as Jamie Normand-Latrance)
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Washed up Hollywood actor Reagon Pearce is kidnapped by thugs on the way to work in Shreveport, Louisiana. Trapped in a swamp hut, his kidnappers torture and blackmail him, hijacking his twitter account and threatening to upload compromising material. How can he escape his predicament? Written by Anonymous

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The kidnapping was just the beginning

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2014 (Kuwait) See more »

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Shreveport See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Ryan used his actual house as his character's house for the movie. It appears that most if not all of the set decorating was his also. See more »

Goofs

When Mike learns there's security footage of the van on Google Alerts, the time says 11:12 am (0 minutes ago). It is clearly dark outside. See more »

Quotes

Reagan Pearce: Why don't you just kill me?
Mike: Oh, not yet. First, I'm, gon' destroy you, the way you did me. I'm gon' take yer life AND reputation from ya, humiliate your ass publicly, make sure the world thinks you're the biggest piece of shit on the planet - then I'm gon' kill ya. You gon' die knowin' you hated.
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References Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) See more »

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Johnny Manziel
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Performed by Barak the Rapper
[Rap song played in the car]
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Kinda dug it
15 January 2015 | by rzajacSee all my reviews

An amazing thing about Catch Hell is how unexpectedly *watchable* it is. I really figured it wouldn't have staying power, yet it coaxed me in.

Others have commented on the film's modest strengths, which are; decent writing, good acting, good pacing (the scenes that seek to capture the long waiting of a hostage situation like this don't feel interminable), good (if elemental) character development, good editing, interesting scenario.

And, amazingly, the final scene (which ingeniously plays over the end credits) struck me as a profound redemption tour-de-force. Rarely have I seen such a cosmic message writ so bizarrely. I can think of one other example, off the top of my head, that comes close. And, when I say "redemption", I don't mean the redemption of a person. I really mean the redemption of this film from being a mere low-rent action/horror snack. I'm sincere about this: It says an important thing about the nature of grace; that you might encounter some at the very bottom of a very deep, very dark pit.

Worth watching, even if only because you're fascinated by the promise of smart low-budget stylizing.


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