Cowboy Jimmy Stone and his wife are stalked by an unknown stranger. Things take a turn for the worst when a mysterious cross suddenly appears on his farm.
Written By: Anthony Tullo
Directed By: Anthony Tullo
Writer / Director Anthony Tullo is a man of many talents which not only include acting and directing, but also writing. He's also a Country and Rock artist and you can find a link to his Album on the left of the page. Even more of a surprise is that Anthony is also involved in... Well... You get the point. In so many cases though, being a man of this many talents sometimes means that each talent can be stretched thin, leaving you with a whole lotta nothin' good and a heaping bowl of hurt. I am very pleased to say in the case of A Secret Cross none of the above seems to apply. Anthony steps up to the plate and makes his play- it's a damn good one. There may not be anything groundbreaking but what we have is a solid hour and a half of entertainment. A Secret Cross delivers on nearly every level and since it's a Feature length film I was glad. We've all had those movie watching moments where you just wish it would end. Not the case here.
We don't really do plot descriptions here on IndyRed. For us, "Spoilers Suck" on so many levels. Even little ones. What I can write is that the best way to describe A Secret Cross is by calling it a "Twist within a twist" kind of story. There are definitely no complaints about the writing here. We have a solid script and as many of you know, that alone is worth it's weight in gold. I personally figured out the first part of the "Twist" but the real one got me after. It's safe to say that A Secret Cross is a film that'll keep ya glued wondering just what's what.
On the technical side, we have some good work put into this film. A lot of nice camera trappings and some well recorded... and mixed audio. A slicker than normal edit and a knack for putting it all in place wrap this flick together into a nice package. The cast for the most part have done a great job playing their respective roles with only a few instances of what I call hollow reads. A Hollow Read to me is when a line or two just seem... scripted. As I wrote above though, overall pretty damn good. The one issue I had with A Secret Cross, is that I felt a little more work in post would have paid off in a huge way. Mainly in the coloring area of production. More than a few of the scenes were massively saturated with color... or under saturated. The overall color scheme was all over the place! A Secret Cross has a habit of bouncing mis-matched colors and scenes back and forth and all over the place. It can make it hard to stay in the filmmakers world and at times, I was quite literally yanked out. With that written however, let me also write that post production costs money. We all know that. As an Indie flick the money you can get together is just never quite enough. Choices must be made and sometimes money for one aspect means none for another. The post production distractions present in A Secret Cross do take away a little from the overall experience of the film... but not enough to make it a bad film. The pacing, writing and excellent work from the cast ensure that A Secret Cross stays above the average line.
In the end we have a solid Indie flick that although not perfect... is good enough to sit back with and be entertained for a short while. We don't have another run of the mill Indie Thriller here! What we have is a great Indie feature that pulls you into it's little world and does a great job at entertaining you. That's what it's all about. Right?
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