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04 February 2012

Latronum (2012) [An Independent Film]


Directed by: Mina Marshall Radovic
Written bY: Mina Marshall Radovic, 
Genre: Action & Adventure
Colour, 36 Minutes
(Excuse mistakes wrote in a rush) When I say independent, I really mean it was made on a very small budget. My friend Mina Radovic made this with his friend on a budget no more than £100 and in it's  35 minute runtime, we see a filmmaker pouring his heart into the film. With some interesting camera techniques, action, music, and movie references you will find yourself highly enthused by this Independently made production.

The plot is non-linear and all about a group of bank heisters who attempts to rob a big city bank with the help of notorious criminal, Frankie Bragsville. 

The film stars the director Mina Radovic and he does his role better than anyone. Though he is no De Niro, he definitely created a good on-screne persona as a gangster. The rest of the cast were reasonable in their roles, but it was Radovic that made it worthwhile. Not to say, everyone else was bad as they all gave reasonable performances. One that comes to mind is Boris Bosilkov, the leader of the crew.

The thing that makes the film so wonderful is the graceful homage placed everywhere showing the filmmakers love for cinema. Throughout the film, we get such references including: The Reservoir Dogs walk, Pulp Fiction structure, dialogue references to Goodfellas and even the Dark Knight as they wear masks during the robbery. It is what makes the movie so wonderfully energetic.

On a budget of £80 I believe, I must say it was interesting to see the variety of locations. The bank scene was likely the hardest, and although it did not appear to be a bank, it was a terrific attempt. It is clear that creating this production was not simple with it’s 35 minute run time, multiple locations and of course, gathering the cast.

The films flaw is with the audio. At times when we are in the one scene, each clip seems to jump in audio elvel making it quite hobby. However, the graceful camerawork makes up for it. Although the audio was quite choppy at times, the camera and angles were positioned nicely. Another thing was the effects used. The classic slow-motion and even a CGI explosion, which may have looked cheap, but was still reasonably impressive. To watch it click the link below.

Verdict: While not being brilliant in terms of acting, the direction was solid and the film’s inspiring ways to make you want to get out their and make a film (as a filmmaker) make it a worthwhile viewing in 720P. 

Rating: 8/10

1 comment:

  1. interesting review, Tom. Might give this a look

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