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Fortune Defies Death (2018)

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The Woods family gathers at a cabin resort to hear the last will and testament of their wealthy patriarch George Woods ten years after his death. All vying for the much-anticipated Woods' ... See full summary »


Jennifer Hulum
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie R. Ølgaard ... Katharine
Justin Ray ... Randy
Shelby Lyon ... Nadia
Emily Shah ... Mona (as Emily Anila Shah)
Evan Boymel Evan Boymel ... Scott
Mike Maolucci ... Charlie
Jane Edwina Seymour ... Stacey
Jack G. Davis ... Mr. Pearson
Kaitlyn McCormick ... Young Nadia
Josh Madson Josh Madson ... Jeff
Debbie Sheridan ... Mrs. Jordan
G. Larry Butler ... George Woods
Bluebelle Saraceno ... Young Mona
Aneela Qureshi ... Rima
Kirk Ryde ... Detective Bechmann


The Woods family gathers at a cabin resort to hear the last will and testament of their wealthy patriarch George Woods ten years after his death. All vying for the much-anticipated Woods' fortune, the players include his greedy sister and her grandson, an eccentric niece and two ambitious nephews, his mistress, and his missing daughter's husband with their amnesiac granddaughter. Before the players can stake their claim to the family fortune, each must survive the family attorney's investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Woods' adopted daughter Mona. Why did Mona suddenly run away before the death of Woods? Will she show up to claim her fortune, or was her disappearance the result of a conspiracy? As the story unfolds, family members turn on each other and murder is the weapon of choice to reveal a dark secret.

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Ten years after the death of a wealthy patriarch and the mysterious disappearance of his adopted daughter, family members turn on each other when the reading of his will turns into a murder investigation. See more »

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Rated R for language, drug use and brief violence






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18 August 2018 (USA) See more »

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Unique Plots and Narrations
16 March 2018 | by sopasasylumSee all my reviews

Jennifer Hulum's debut feature "Fortune Defies Death" reminds me about Agatha Christie's books, such as Murder on the Orient Express and Five Little Pigs. Yeah it sounds familiar, but not quite - the movie offers its own unique plots and narrations. Fortune Defies Death is about 8 siblings (plus a lawyer, so total 9 members) getting together in a reclusive cabin to read the will ten years after their patriarch's death. The setting and the atmosphere seem like a classic movie in 50s or 70s - it opens with a scene in black and white like a noir then it transits to a color scene for a lapse of the years, but yet the actual story is happening mainly in the new century as indicated (for example the Magnify Glass used for cellphone to identify the crime). The movie is complicated that has a lot puzzles to solve. But every anecdote is cleverly crafted, so I found no troubles to follow the direction. There are many flashbacks but the "ins" and "outs" are clearly narrated.

The writer/director/editor Jennifer Hulum seemed to have a great vision and knew how to tell a complicated story with an easy going solution. Besides, I was impressed by few new stars like Emily Anila Shah (Mona), the Miss New Jersey USA 2014 and Mike Maolucci (Charlie) yet who appeared in a couple of popular TV shows (Criminal Minds, NCIS) recently. In addition the camera work and the set design (on good locations too) together create the theme and the mood like a classic mystery that is also worth seen. I recommend this movie for someone who may like a clever mystery or someone who looks for a traditional throwback. I think if you like Agatha Christie, then you definitely should check this movie out. By the way I saw the movie in Regal Cinemas/LA Live a couple of weeks ago through Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. I hope the movie will soon be available on the public venues. Thanks for reading and I hope it helps.

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