Before We Saw the Trailer We Thought: After a less than stellar reception at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, “A Single Shot” dropped off the radar of many film fans. Yes, it has Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright, and Melissa Leo, but none of those actors have proven infallible, and usually a movie doesn’t work in theaters if it misfires at the festivals. That being said, any fan of these four actors — namely Rockwell and Wright — would be hard-pressed to completely dismiss this low budget thriller. Even when their movies don’t live up to their performances in them (“The Way, Way Back” & “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” to name two), these actors usually get you your money’s worth. Can they do it again here? Could the movie have improved since its festival screenings?
And Now? With a gritty, back country pallor and an unusually angry Rockwell, the trailer for “A Single Shot” carries promise. The story centers around a hunter (Rockwell) who accidentally shoots a woman carrying a large amount of cash. He takes the money, but is soon being hunted for it. William H. Macy plays a plaid-suited acquaintance of Rockwell’s who may or may not be on his side, but seems to leaning against him toward the end of the promo. The trailer doesn’t provide much more than this basic setup (thankfully), and we only get brief glimpses of Wright and a long-haired Jason Isaacs. Melissa Leo wasn’t shown at all. In fact, her name isn’t even listed with the others.
Check out the trailer below, and decide for yourself if Rockwell’s latest is worth a “Shot” when it hits iTunes August 20 or theaters September 20.