A GUN TO THE HEAD (Blaine Thurier). 86 minutes. Opens Friday (August 12) at the Projection Booth. See listing Rating: N
I have the feeling that A Gun To The Head wants to say something profound about kicked habits and romanticizing the past. But writer/director Blaine Thurier's feature - getting a Toronto run at the Projection Booth nearly two years after its underwhelming debut at TIFF 2009 - misses the mark on almost every level.
Trevor (Tygh Runyan) used to be a hood, but he's gone straight and now hosts dull Vancouver dinner parties with his wife (Marnie Robinson). When one such evening requires a wine run, Trevor gets a call from his cousin and former accomplice (Paul Anthony) that turns his life into a raging sea of criminal madness.
Thurier, better known as the keyboardist for the New Pornographers, is more interested in posturing than in developing his characters. Everyone's an asshole and an idiot, making stupid decisions in order to keep the plot moving.