Solace | Chicago Reader

Solace

Atlanta-based filmmaker Vandon N. Gibbs wrote and directed this intricately scripted drama with three interlocking stories that play out in three elongated scenes. The first involves a hardened street criminal and an uptight attorney who hash out an enigmatic deal in an SUV; the second details the soured relationship between a politician and his embittered wife; and the third features the dueling intellects of a hit man and his bound victim. Gibbs is clearly taken with his screenplay's dialogue, relying on it rather than narrative structure or mise-en-scene to create rhythm and elicit drama. So it's too bad his cast lacks the chops to make any of it palatable—the performances range from wooden to scene chewing, not unlike what you’d find in community theater.

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