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Baruchel plays Andy, a compulsive gambler who is picked up by an Australian hit man named Reuban who is played by Quaid. Andy owes Reuban's boss $68,000, but it is too late for apologies or to pay back the money because Andy's attitude throughout their dealings has been disrespectful and too light hearted considering the severity of his debts. Reuban gives Andy a little over an hour left to live, and lets him do whatever he wants to within the time constraints.
Andy was born and lives in a lower end and “slumy” part of the city. Because he is very superstitious and believes he has bad luck, that he will live here his whole life and not amount to anything so why change. Andy and Reuban drive around the city visiting Andy's old work place, school and his grandmother. In just one hour Andy learns about the errors of his ways and how he has either hurt people or screwed things up for himself. Reuban tries to get through to Andy about how life isn't about luck it is about the choices that you make that shape how your life turns out. He wants to send him off with a few parting lessons so he has some understanding and can put his life in perspective.
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The film really lives up to it's name, with a run time of just 75 minutes it is an accurate sense of time frame for the plot which is a tribute to the film maker as well as the editor. I liked the plot of the film, while it was nothing original a more original spin was taken on it. I thought the writing was very good also, it didn't try to be some elaborate over the top dialogue for the sake of dialogue piece like the Gilmour girls or a Kevin Smith film.
I also loved how it was filmed in Hamilton, as I was born there and recognized some of the places and neighborhoods. I like how more films are starting to give Canada its due and let them play as themselves, it is also in the upcoming film “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World”
You could tell that the crew and equipment was bare bones and that really gave it the authentic stripped feeling.
This was a little film that I didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised and quite enjoyed it. The film averaged about 6.7 on IMDB, and was shown at TIFF ( Toronto International Film Festival) and Slamdance as well as several across Canada, a few in the U.S. And one in Shanghai. This is a little example and a call out to Holly wood that not all Canadian films are about hockey, and are poorly written and acted. It shows that they can go outside traditional conventions and deliver a solid product, and do it on modest budgets... Which is more than I can say for the American Films.