I want to thank the writers, producers, actors and anyone involved in the birth of this incredible film.After seeing only fifteen minutes of this film, I knew that hope beyond hope, there is some moron who will fund any kind of garbage like this one. No matter how mundane the dialogue, how stupid the plot, so long as there is one woman half naked and stupid men sucking on cigars. That's the thing! The premise is good. If only the film were. The actors are probably trying to get adjusted to the unbelievability of it all.This pathetic piece of garbage should never be destroyed. It should be <more>
used as an example of the incredible stupidity of this industry.
Witty, Smart, and Excellent Acting (by beorhhouse)
This is the L. A. I remember. This is also Raymond Chandler updated for the 21st Century. This is salvation for the stripper, and powerful women, and good-hearted people in a world full of sin. Don't miss this one if you like crime and/or Neo-Noir.
Highly original tale with real characters (by prberg2)
Hats off to this film and the team. Really an interesting tale and told in an unconventional way. Always nice to see movies which break the mold and challenge the audience. Hawkes is great and the rest of the cast is really strong. You can feel the flaws in these characters as they try to sort out the connections between them.The film has an unique style which does aid in the storytelling and keeps the audience wanting more. Great chemistry between the actors and they really do tie the whole film together with their layered characters.Enjoyed the texture of the 35mm film. While not the <more>
perfect digital imagery which has become commonplace... it's flaws give the gritty story an authenticity which matches it perfectly.Really enjoyed it... highly recommended.
Definitely a modern film noir. John Hawkes is wonderfully gritty but there are 2 things that make this movie a real pleasure to watch. 1. The women. So many beautiful women. Crystal Reed is hauntingly beautiful but all the women are lovely. As a movie buff I have become aware of how much a director can influence the on screen presence of a women. Dennis Hauck is a master. All of the women even in very rough scenes are incredibly enticing. This is about understanding the natural beauty of the women and then working with makeup, lighting and angles to make scenes where the camera <more>
'loves' the women. 2. The pure artistry of the camera work. Watch the angles. The colors . This is the director and the DP creating art.Watch and enjoy.
Wow,I really enjoyed this movie!! How has this gone virtually unnoticed? The dialogue is great and funny. So much style! Long takes make for real world feal. Crazy gritty flawed characters. Plenty of shocking twists. Soundtrack is very good and adds meaning to the scenes. This is the best movie i have seen in quite a while.
Engaging if a bit overly ambitious (by otaking241)
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, <more>
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.
Remarkiably effective effort from Someone To Watch Dennis Hauck (by UncleTantra)
I freely admit to having watched this film primarily because of Dichen Lachmann and Natalie Zea who I'll see in anything , but it had a great deal more to offer than I was expecting.Yes, Hauck steals freely from Quentin Tarantino when it comes to mixed-up timelines, and steals even more from the genre of L.A. Noir, but it has its own charms. It also has some really ballsy experiments, such as shooting each of the five acts in one single take on 35mm film, which must have been a real bitch to pull off given the changing lighting conditions .Good performances from a wide range of actors <more>
clearly pitching in and having a good time with a small Indie film in between better-paying gigs. Plus, there are some genuinely touching moments, the kind that make you or at least made me go back and re-watch a couple of early scenes at the end to see them at the end, after the context of them has been to some extent explained.I like that the song "Down With Mary" has been short-listed for the Original Song Oscar this year. That shows that this film got more attention than might be expected for a supposed low-budget Indie flick. I look forward to Hauck's next effort.
film noir is alive and well in 2016. I was thinking veronica lake and alan ladd, but some one said lizabeth scott. anyway, it would be almost impossible to review this film without spoilers. you've got a pi looking for a killer, with flashbacks. for once the hero has the exact look necessary, no pretty boy here. the women are good, too. it is all familiar and yet new. there are also shades of Tarantino as noted above . oddly enough there are some scenes which I normally would find extremely offensive to women and most likely would have walked out on, but somehow the set up here made it <more>
o.k. I enjoyed the film very much. it's a perfect noir.