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Hells Kitchen short film review


Directed by: Steve Young

Written by: Steve Young

Starring: Steve Young, Serge De Nardo, Christopher Farrell, Andrew Lorenzo

Still Image from Hells Kitchen showing protagonists.
Still Image from Hells Kitchen

A gangster story. There is trouble within the business and somebody has to pay.

The plot in some ways resembles Reservoir Dogs (1992). Four gangsters are having a meeting inside a church, in order to find out who is responsible for the misfortunes that have been taking place within their activities. The four men are: Johnny (Young), Jimmy (Nardo), Eddie (Farrell) and Tommy (Lorenzo). Eventually the culprit will be discovered.

This short offers an insight into the lives of mobsters, beginning with an intro that shows how brutal these individuals can be. There is violence, murder, treachery and life-threatening situations. The criminals themselves are portrayed as cold-blooded killers, who are also intelligent, tell rude jokes and stories that contain a message and they also enjoy sweets.

The acting is outstanding. All of the lead actors are very convincing as people who have lived lives of crime and know the insides and outs of their 'profession'. They certainly give the impression that they are the kind of people one would not want to mess with.

The film is set in the late seventies and the clothing worn by the gangsters does reflect that. Their clothes look clean and professionally designed and reflects the fashion of that time.

The music is a big plus and adds a comedic feeling to the experience. Significant credit goes to the track during the closing credits, which brilliantly ends the film.

Director Young does a fantastic job, using well-structured techniques. Special recognition goes to wonderful bird's-eye view shots and a great shot of the hand and torch of the Statue of Liberty, which also points out that the plot is taking place in New York City.

Young has brought to the world a piece of work that is a must-see. With superb acting, intriguing characters and clever dialogue, the film is a pleasure to watch from start to finish and pays homage to the gangster genre.




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