GRAVES (2022) Review of action crime thriller

  

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Graves is a 2022 American action crime thriller film about a police task force hunting down an armed gang of ex-military men.

Written, produced, directed by and co-starring Wilfred La Salle, making his feature film debut.

The La Salle Productions movie also stars Shawn Black, Damir Mrkulic, James Randolph, George Sitilides, Kyle Bland, Sean Patterson and Charles Alonso.

Plot:
Graves Police Officer, Mark Brody, embarks on a journey to bring criminals to justice while Michael Laforte is the hard-drinking, ruthless criminal mastermind who doesn’t play by the rules.

Clyde Baxter, Matt Goldberg, Pedro Dominguez and the rest of a gang of ex-military men use their expertise and tactical skills to evade the law. His crew soon finds themselves on a direct collision course with Special Agent Mark Brody and the Graves Task Force as the criminals hatch an elaborate plan for a series of seemingly impossible heists all around the city…

Review:
Graves is very low budget for an action movie (a mere $9,000) and that shows in terms of production issues such as the muffled audio in many scenes and some very fake looking CGI gunshot squibs. Performances are uneven too. These issues could have been overlooked if the script wasn’t a mere collection of clichés. The filmmakers seem to have their hearts in the right place but, unfortunately, Graves is not recommended.

Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA

Release:
Graves is available to rent – for $1.99 – or buy via Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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Cast and characters:
Shawn Black … Special Agent Mark Brody
Damir Mrkulic … Yuri Dervishi
James Randolph … Lord Mongul
George Sitilides … Tommy DiCarlo
Kyle Bland … Special Agent Isiah Butler
Wilfred La Salle … Michael Laforte
Sean Patterson … Benny Maleno
Charles Alonso … Salvatore Marchello
Christopher LaVine … Paul Marchello
Lucille Grello … Graves EMT
Malcom Davis … Officer Davis
Nicole Grello … Special Agent Nicole Grello
Joseph Rosado … Officer Rosado
Claudio Pena Claudio Pena … Officer Pena
Yanko Valentin-Perez … Pedro Dominguez
Robert Grizzaffi … Doctor
Genii Genii … Lucifer Gallop
Stan Shields … Clyde Baxter
Ben Gjekaj … Jeweler Assistant
Alfredo Avila … Pete Cassello
Ernesto Gonzalez … Spider

Technical details:
1 hour 29 minutes

Budget:
$9,000 (estimated)

Trailer:

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