Indie thriller “The American Side” has got some big secrets up its sleeves. The new features follows private eye Charlie Paczynski, whose life is thrown into disarray when his “raven-haired partner is caught in the crossfire of a blackmail scheme gone bad” and he takes it upon himself to “trail the prime suspect to the brink of Niagara, only to receive a cryptic warning,” all per the film’s official synopsis. Sounds standard enough, right? A little P.I. action, a little mystery, a cool location.
And then it involves Nikola Tesla. Really. Starring Camilla Belle, Matthew Broderick, Janeane Garofalo and Greg Stuhr, “The American Side” isn’t just a noir-ish drama, it’s also interested in actual science. But you might not get that thanks to our exclusive clip, which plays up the private eye stuff without letting slip all the other elements that go into the feature.
Belle recently told Indiewire, “I read the script, and I loved the fact that it was a throwback to the classic noir style. My character really interested me as well because she is extremely complicated and keeps the audience guessing…you never quite know if she is being sincere.”
The actress was also compelled by the science behind the story. She added, “I knew who Tesla was and was aware of his work, but in making ‘The American Side,’ I was exposed to more information. I think we forget how crucial his inventions are to our modern day society and I found myself fascinated by the research.”
“The American Side” is currently playing in select theaters and on VOD. Check out our exclusive clip above.