10th Jun2020

‘Among Them’ Review (Amazon Prime)

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Jonathan Thomson, Dan Liebman, Evalena Marie, Michael Reed, Nick Apostolides, Bobby Kenney, Sarah Nicklin | Written by Evalena Marie, Kevin James Barry | Directed by Kevin James Barry

Two bank robbers take their unwanted hostage into a seedy coastal motel in the dead of winter. When their boss doesn’t show up and their tickets to freedom go missing, the three of them must battle through their deteriorating mental state and find a way out before they turn on each other.

Among Them kicks off with a heist that has gone wrong… Ahhh those naughty heists, they rarely do what they are supposed to! Paranoia and cabin fever set in on our little band of merry men and things slowly unravel. As the opening credits roll, we can hear the soundtrack of the heist, and it is effective. you see. this is what clever film makers do when they do not have the budget. We got a taste of what happened, enough of it, without the film trying an elaborate action scene with a load of non-professional actors and no budget to pull it off.

Director Kevin James Barry, has some real talent and skill – undoubtedly learned in his years as a cinematographer – and he displays all of that learnt skill here, getting terrific performances from his three main actors, Jonathan Thomson, Dan Liebman, Evalena Marie (who also co-wrote the film with director Barry), playing two criminals and one kidnap victim respectively.

For a low-budget movie, I surprisingly only have a few little niggles to point out. Plot wise, I was a bit confused when one of our criminals gets a call girl back to the hotel room, where they have the hostage in the bathroom – there was just no way anyone could have anticipated that would go wrong. Some things are just unknowable. It is also a bit weird that the beautiful lady keeps her stockings on the whole time. It is a bit chilly in the cheap hotel room. but not enough to warrant a pair of trousers!

Honestly, I am fully expecting director Kevin James Barry, and several others involved in this project to go onto bigger and brighter things. Among Them is a good little film and I would be really interested to see what Barry can do with a bigger budget.

Among Them is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Tubi TV.

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