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A Killshot In Missouri

By Julie D. Griffin

Diane Lane at the 24th Annual Palm Springs Film Festival
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

While the recently filmed Gone Girl occupied a space of Cape Girardeau, Missouri riverfront for a brief time among other areas of the town, writer Elmore Leonard who began to turn out film adaptations such as The Tall T as early as 1957 wrote the original book the story of this film Killshot illuminates. And just as at times the necessity to talk about the why, when, what, where and how of the deceased seems quite irrelevant, a more pertinent fact arose as the old woman who reached out to now grown Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played a member of the live filmed Third Rock as the elderly, and human alien teen boy of that family during the thriller of a series of killshot incidents at the start of the film ~ The character plays a much different person, a jumpy and hyperactive juvio problem of a young and dark criminal boy. The fictitious adult gangster fairytale and often within a murder, a couple who considering separating decides to stay together and work on their relationship as each criminal sectre of the dangerous thriller unfolds.

Diane Lane, one star of the film The Cotton Club who played opposite Richard Gere as a woman who gets to go to Hollywood after a brief romance only to find fame and great fortune there pulls off an earthy and yet dynamic version of an every day housewife here who finds herself in the middle of a real life Killshot hiding out from hit men and gangsters. After the two find out the actual identity of the head gangster and with no where else for the F.B.I. to put them except Cape Girardeau, Missouri, unable to pay the $20,000 the young new associate croney of the duo pair demand of them to leave the real estate business they run alone, they head there from the rural farm home they lived in to form new identities. The new atmosphere actually gives them time to work on something they had fast forgot while living a busy and successful lifestyle. Their love life.

In short, the drama and the fear that each might lose each other or their very lives draw them together and makes them closer. In direct contrast, Gone Girl looks at a situation where a man just decides to obliterate the love of his life forever. Such sudden decisions while sure to bewilder the normal person, have absolutely no basis for justification either. And then again, as the bar scene during the film Killshot exhorts just as a bible once said, wine is for the good, poor to help them forget that and strong drink for the already dead and dying.

And just a quickly as that thought, the boy who reminds the Indian gangster of his dead younger brother who messed up and got himself killed after what he described as staring at a pretty woman too long ~ As if to say that that is nice, but a woman ought to have more substance than just that. It seemed nice for the boy to mention a clarification to Blackbird, his elder gangster boss that he Richie Nicks, he mentions himself as no relation to Stevie Nicks wants to hook up with the business who supplies the business car of his new boss. "What's your business?" He inquires. And of course, the front, a pepperoni business, a cover for the mafia they all work for. Never mind that to Blackbird who calmly advises him, as the young stupid dark boy who he later smokes suddenly reminds him of his kid brother. But only at first. And as that illusion fades and the truth about what the kid really is emerges he grows tired of his constant talk and chatter and jokes and political moves and realizes he is just not the real thing. But if you want to find out if the woman and her husband ever outsmart the gangster and his young dark boy side-kick, you have to watch the film, and decide for yourself whether the trainer got the most for his money or whether the law of the land captured or set thugs free. Screenplay is by Hossein Amini and John Madden directed the film.

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