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Rattlesnakes (2019)
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Rattlesnakes (2019)

Based on Graham Farrow's acclaimed stage-play RATTLESNAKES, award-winning writer/director Julius Amedume's Neo Noir psychological thriller, tells the story of Robert McQueen. McQueen's typical day takes a turn for the worst when he's ambushed by three masked men, who accuse him of sleeping with their wives. He pleads his innocence, but what he does reveal will not only change all of their lives forever - but will it be enough to save his?
Actors: Jimmy Jean-Louis ,
Jimmy Jean-Louis
Jimmy Jean-Louis 8 August 1968, Pétion-Ville, Haiti
Jack Coleman ,
Jack Coleman
Jack Coleman 21 February 1958, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
Kathleen McClellan ,
Kathleen McClellan
Kathleen McClellan 28 April 1970, Bloomington, Illinois, USA
Jay Acovone ,
Jay Acovone
Jay Acovone 20 August 1955, Mahopac, New York, USA
Christian Oliver ,
Christian Oliver
Christian Oliver 3 March 1972, Celle, Lower Saxony, Germany
Rya Kihlstedt ,
Rya Kihlstedt
Rya Kihlstedt 23 July 1970, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Robinne Lee ,
Robinne Lee
Robinne Lee 16 July 1974, Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Kyra Jean-Louis ,
Kyra Jean-Louis
Kyra Jean-Louis
Cindy Cowan ,
Cindy Cowan
Cindy Cowan
John Marrs ,
John Marrs
John Marrs
Rasmus Nilselid ,
Rasmus Nilselid
Rasmus Nilselid
Genre: Thriller
Director: Julius Amedume
Country: United Kingdom
Release: 2019
IMDb: 5.5
Duration: 85 min
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Michael (Anonymous) Dec 24,19 01:12
I saw a production of the play in Gdansk some years ago and I always thought it would make a very good film. Graham Farrow 'Rattlesnakes' tells the story of a therapist (in the play he is a gigolo) who spends a little too much time with his female clients and offers more than therapy. When a group of husbands find out about him, they ambush him and set about torturing him, and exacting some primordial revenge. However, McQueen, the therapist uses his knowledge of the husbands and their secrets to drive a wedge between the friends and we find out that their marriages, lives, friendships are not what they seem. The play is a masterclass in psychology. We never know who is telling the truth and who is the good guy or the bad guy. It keeps us guessing until the very last sentence. This is where the film let me down. It was stripped of the psychology and aimed simply for a thrill ride. Also, Shelly, who drives the story in the play is little more than a cypher here. She seems to be 'out of it' for most of the movie. I know my female friend was very disappointed to see such a strongly written character being reduced to such a one dimensional, malleable character. Jimmy Jean Louis plays McQueen and is more than adequate. Jack Coleman is strong as Hanson; the leader of the group and my favourite character was Jarrett, played by the psychotic and realistic Jay Acovone. Kathleen McClellan as Shelly had so little to work with but tried her damnedest to work with what little she had. Strong direction from Julius Amedume and a good film all told, which could have been great if they had stuck to the original story.