a drama by Rustam Branaman
Vian McLean (Sean Bean) is an ex-fighter who is filled with resentment. He killed a man with his bare hands and has just spent the last 12 years in prison for the crime. Upon his release from prison he goes to stay with his sister Bethley (Kate Walsh) and her son Jimmy (Nolan Gross) who gets to know his uncle Vian and looks up to him as the greatest man he has ever known. Because of his conviction,Vian struggles to find a job. He finally does and then he meets a woman Jolene (Eva Longoria), falls in love with her. Everything seems to working out, but when a tragic event happens, Vian is thrown into a dark place and faces the greatest challenge yet of his life, only to be shown the right path in a sudden experience that, once again, alters his life forever.
Life is messy and people are imperfect. First, we have Vian, a promising athlete boxer who let his temper get the better of him one day & accidentally killed a man because of it. His sister Bethley is a single mother solely responsible for taking care of her son Jimmy. She is employed and her parents left her the family home in their will, but it's a struggle to pay bills. Jolene is a well-employed, pretty lady who attracts Vian's attention, but she had just broke up with her old boyfriend William, who doesn't accept her decision. Roland (Tom Arnold) is a formerly partying washed-out rock musician who runs a pizza restaurant. Each of them, no longer youth, has made major mistakes in their lives, while the boy Jimmy has his whole life still in front of him.
I enjoyed seeing the social dynamic play out between all these people, a kind of "A Day In The Life" thing. I liked the film's illustrations of real life and the consequences of what happens next after you make mistakes. And sometimes bad things happen anyway no matter what you do. However, I didn't like the resolution of the major plot points involving the McLean family.
As for the rest, I liked the performances, Sean Bean and Tom Arnold especially. I also like the way it was shot, with its atmosphere and awareness of time passing with nothing at all that you can do about that, except live in it, ride with it, and make the best you can of it.
Limited release to US cinemas on 1 May 2015.
UK DVD release as film title FIGHTING DEMONS on 25 May 2015 (link to Amazon shop)
US $12.99 iTunes BUY link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/any-day/id972395763
IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3266948/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_6
Written by Donna DeBoer (@DRLDeBoer on Twitter)