Sam Rockwell has been on what I consider to be quite the roll lately (Hollywood may not think so, but I’m sure most fans of a high standard of acting would agree), and this trailer for ‘A Single Shot’ suggests that he will have another opportunity to showcase his excellence. Check out the trailer and I’ll tell you what I think of it.
Based on a novel by Matthew F. Jones, the film will be directed by David M. Rosenthal and revolves around the accidental death of a young girl, and the repercussions that ensue for hunter John Moon (played by Rockwell), who happens to have fired the fateful shot that ended the girl’s life.
The trailer is very vague, and does not give much away in terms of story, but what I do know is that the repercussions for Moon include the wrath of a collection of hillbilly criminals who want nothing but to end his life.
With a number of other fantastic veteran actors and actresses on board, such as William H. Macy, Ted Levine, Melissa Leo, Jeffrey Wright and Jason Isaacs, the acting will be top notch. Having not read the book I can’t provide much more in terms of the writing, but based on the trailer I get the feeling that we will be in for something in the same vein as a No Country For Old Men, mixed with a little Winter’s Bone. A man is thrust into a situation he didn’t ask for because of one unfortunate decision, and as he navigates his way through the situation he encounters various characters who involve themselves in his mess one way or another.
The trailer is dark, with no frills and what looks like the intimate and personal intensity that a bigger budget film can rarely provide (one reason No Country For Old Men is one of my favorite films of all time, is that it looked like it was big budget, but felt like it was and indie movie, or even better, real life). Rockwell does the isolated, manic and troubled role extremely well, as we’ve seen in his critically acclaimed film ‘Moon’ as well as his recent turn in ‘Seven Psychopaths.’ William H. Macy has also done great things in films of a similar nature, for example his starring role in the Coen Brothers masterpiece ‘Fargo.’
Often times the less a trailer actually reveals to us, the more I like it. Now, sometimes the risk here, is that when the trailer only SHOWS you, and doesn’t really TELL you much, it leads you to formulate your own ideas. If the final product doesn’t match these ideas, you may be turned off from it. However, sometimes you nail it, and love the film. But even better, is the rare situation where the movie is not what you concluded it might be from the trailer, but it turns out to be something completely different and complete more awesome. Let’s hope that ‘A Single Shot’ matches the latter description.