He Was a Quiet Man
Superb acting, excellent direction, a riveting story, sterling special filming techniques all herald the opening of He Was a Quiet Man, in limited release in Los Angeles on November 30.
It's a weird, but possibly true, story told off-camera about a simple, albeit industrious, nebbish-clone who harbors deep resentments, has difficult adjustments and unusual personality traits. He is the object of pity, scorn and derision from his fellow workers. In a flash, he becomes a hero, is moved upstairs with an exciting new title and finds romance and love from the woman whose life he saves.
The actors, Christian Slater and Elisha Cuthbert in their roles as Bob, the nebbish turned hero and Vanessa, the woman whose life he saves, give excellent, commanding performances.
Writer-Director-Producer, Frank Cappello does his triumvirate duties with poise, care and wisdom, creating memorable, touching and exciting scenes throughout. Sometimes, simplicity works so effectively as it does here – especially with the scenes of the fast-moving cars, the torched office building and the broken hula doll. Brandon Trost's photography and Kirk Morri's editing are equally first rate.
In supporting roles, William H. Macy as the corporate chief gives his usual understated, but effective, performance. And Jamison Jones as the antagonist, Scott, deserves all the boos he earns.
He Was a Quiet Man will keep your attention glued to the screen throughout. And, this potent story will stay with you long after you leave the theater for you will witness award-winning caliber performances of the strange, but unfortunately real, situations quite possible in the stressful business world today.
Limited Release in Los Angeles on November 30.