One of the best films I saw at Fantastic Fest last year was Dennis Hauck’s Too Late. The always terrific John Hawkes stars as a private investigator looking into the death of a young woman, but the construction of the picture is impeccable. Aside from using 35mm to perfection, each scene is an uncut shot and runs the length of one reel (about twenty minutes). This movie is really something special and Hauck is a talent you need to keep your eyes on. If you end up watching Too Late on VOD when you could have caught it in theaters, you missed a big opportunity to see a great film as it was meant to be seen.
Check out the Too Late trailer below. 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.