The intriguing thriller
Despite an effectively unsettling visual style and kinetic storytelling, though, the film can't help but feel hamstrung by its lengthy history: Shooting began in late 2005, but due to the 2006 death of co-star Chris Penn plus subsequent complications and delays, the film reportedly wasn't completed until 2012.
The result is a bit of a patchwork, one that's often clever, other times convoluted, but always watchable — if only to see what might happen next. That the movie works as well as it does is a testament to writer-director Thomas Farone's persistence and clear connection to his cagey material.
Shot in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., "Aftermath" follows the travails of tough, successful housing developer Tom Fiorini (Anthony Michael Hall, quite good), who finds himself in a sticky wicket after a physical fight breaks out between his lead foreman, Matt (
A gun-dealing hit man (Tony Danza), a cranky local cop (Leo Burmester, who died in 2007), Tony's sketchy friend (
MPAA rating: R for violence, language and sexual content.
Running time: 1 hour, 24 minutes.