One of the films I’m going to be championing this year is Dennis Hauck’s great neo-noir Too Late. The film stars John Hawkes as a private investigator who gets caught up looking into a young woman’s disappearance, and the structural hook of the film is that each scene is an unbroken take that run the length of the reel (about twenty minutes). Hauck takes it beyond being a gimmick, although to explain how would require me to start spoiling bits of the plot, and this is a film where you want to go in cold.
On a technical level alone, the movie is really remarkable. Aside from being released exclusively in 35mm (treasure those kind of cinematic experiences when you can find them), the movie also features the longest uncut stedicam shots in cinema history. What makes Too Late so great is that it has the story, characters, and performances to back up its technical prowess.
These twelve exclusive character posters give you a sense of the hard-boiled dialogue with lines like “There’s more than one way to skin the cat that’s got your tongue,” and “What a mangled web we weave.”
Check out the 12 exclusive posters below, and click here to read my thoughts on the film from Fantastic Fest. The film opens March 18th, and also stars Crystal Reed, Dash Mihok, Rider Strong, Vail Bloom, Jeff Fahey, Robert Forster, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Dichen Lachman, Sally Jaye, Natalie Zea, and Joanna Cassidy. Click here for a list of theaters where you can find it.
Here’s the official synopsis for Too Late:
Private investigator Mel Sampson (Academy Award nominee John Hawkes) is tasked with tracking down the whereabouts of a missing woman from his own past. With this familiar setup, TOO LATE takes the spine of the classic private eye genre and tears it to pieces, weaving it back together into a tapestry of southern California and the menagerie of eccentric personalities and lost souls who inhabit it. From the desolate, overgrown Radio Hill to the ritzy penthouse of The Beverly Hilton, the film presents a sprawling view of Los Angeles that ranges from the undiscovered to the iconic. Ultimately, TOO LATE tells the story of a missing woman, but paints the portrait of a lost man.