Tell – A satisfying heist comedy
Written by: Timothy Williams
Directed by: J.M.R. Luna
Starring: Milo Ventimiglia, Katee Sackhoff, Jason Lee, Alan Tudyk, Faizon Love, and Robert Patrick
Tell (Ventimiglia) is a small time crook until he teams up with his brother-in-law Ray (Lee) to pull a heist for a million dollars. With money hungry wife Beverly (Sackhoff) waiting eagerly at home, Tell pulls off what he thinks is a brilliant screw job in which he gets all the money and his partners get prison. Unfortunately for Tell (which seems to be his life theme) Ray spots him fleeing with the loot and sells hime out to the cops. After doing his time, Tell wants to retrieve the money. Unfortunately (again) everyone is waiting for him to do just that.
J.M.R. Luna doesn’t exactly break the mold of heist films in his directorial debut. Indeed the tale seems a bit familiar in all aspects. What makes this film work and sets it apart though are the delightfully funny script, and the talent of a handful of underrated actors.
Milo Ventimiglia plays the lead with a perfect blend of smarts and a “God! why does this kind of thing always happen to me?” look on his face. He had long been an overlooked actor who clearly has the chops to play leading roles in multiple genres. The supporting cast (lead by Sackhoff, Lee, and Tudyk) are all excellent in delivering on a clever, witty script that really pushes the film from decent to very good.
Again, the premise is noting new, but the cast and originality of the script make this a fun little indie film. I recommend it to any fans of dark comedy or bank hesit/crime caper type films. Available OnDemand and in limited theater release.