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Ten 'til Noon

Review by: 
Shiv Timberwolf
Release Date: 
2006
Studio: 
Euro Video
Genre: 
Drama
Format: 
DVD
Region: 
2 PAL
Aspect Ratio: 
1.78:1
Directed by: 
Scott Storm
Cast: 
Daniel Hagen
Thomas Kopache
Dylan Kussman
Alfonso Freeman
Jenya Lano
Movie: 
3
Extras: 
0
Bottom Line: 
3

I can't help it; I gotta make the Tarantino comparison. I know it's already been mentioned in every other review of this movie, but there's just no way to say it better: If you got an unknown director, gave him a small budget, and said "Make me a Tarantino movie, you know like his early ones when he was still good", then Ten Till Noon is what you'd get. It's up to you to decide if getting to see a lesser version of a Tarantino movie is a good thing or not.

The movie starts with Larry Taylor (Rick D. Wasserman) waking up shortly before noon to find two strangers in his bedroom holding him at gunpoint. As the film progresses the same period of time is repeated from different characters' perspectives, and each time another piece of the story falls into place as the viewer puzzles
together the big picture. As it happens this bigger picture is actually quite interesting too.

Right from the opening moments the pacing is snappy, keeps the viewer interested, and the movie manages to keep this up throughout the 88 minute runtime.  Somewhat surprisingly the different sections are pulled off smoothly too. What could have ended in a disaster of continuity flaws and compromises actually feels truly like the events are happening in the same time frame; a real testament to director Scott Storm's talents, and probably also the result of him co-editing.

The acting in Ten Till Noon is generally strong, with the exception of Alfonso Freeman who seemed to be attempting just a little too hard to channel his father Morgan Freeman. Of particular note is Rayne Guest who also delivers the funniest sex scene I have seen so far outside German plumber porn. I don't know if something was done to her eyes or if she's naturally this way, but in ten minutes she manages to exhibit both exceptionally large and exceptionally small pupils!

The "end" of the movie is a bit of an open ender, leaving you wholly unsatisfied. However if you avoid turning off your dvd player the second the credits start rolling (and I sincerely hope you don't do such things; so many people put so much time into making this ninety odd minute piece of entertainment for you, the least you can do is give them enough respect to watch their name scroll by on the screen!), then you will see the rather funny epilogue which gives at least some closure to the story.

I can't comment on the extras on the DVD because, well frankly because there weren't any on the strange German release I was watching (don't ask). Ok, there was a huge number (15+) of trailers for other movies, but I don't personally consider these special features any more than "animated menus" ever were.

All in all Ten Till Noon was an entertaining way to have ninety odd minutes pass quickly. It isn't a must-see, however it's worth a rental and you won't hate yourself for it.

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