I can’t tell how refreshing it is to know that “Little Murder” is a B-movie (which is putting it charitably). There is no other way to define it. Yes, Josh Lucas, Terrence Howard, and Lake Bell are leading the project but…no. It ain’t happening. But when you throw Peter Jason, Noah Bean, Deborah Ann Woll, and Bokeem Woodbine into the mix, you got a pretty fun thing going with the post-Katrina supernatural thriller, “Little Murder”. Find out how you make tiny kills in a B-movie after the jump.
What I’m loving about “Little Murder” from the news item in The Hollywood Reporter is that I can’t see a single thing in this movie that would get it a theatrical release. Rarely am I dumbstruck by a production and if I am, it’s usually by how asinine I find the logline. But this…this is a different beast all together.
Okay, let’s start with the logline: “Murder” centers on a disgraced New Orleans police detective trying to find the killer of a beautiful cellist — with the girl’s ghost assisting. This film and films with a much higher profile and substantially larger budgets should all ask themselves the following question when deciding to make a “supernatural thriller”: “Was this or does this sound like an episode of ‘The X-Files'”. If you answered “Yes”, please return to the drawing board.
Then there’s the cast. I actually have nothing against anyone who has been announced. I’m a huge fan of Terrence Howard but what gets me so excited for this is the participation of Bokeem Woodbine. THR lists his credits in “Ray”, “The Rock” and “Dead Presidents”. Those are all well and good. But what they don’t mention is his role in the 2002 film “Hard Cash” co-starring Val Kilmer and Christian Slater. He’s on the cover of the DVD!
Now why is “Hard Cash” important? Because Peter Antonijevic directed “Hard Cash” and now he’s directing “Little Murder”. That would be fine except for one thing: he hasn’t directed a feature film since “Hard Cash”.
I find this film exciting because I can’t imagine a single thing in it that would disappoint me. Sometimes you go into a movie depending on one thing to make it worth watching and this doesn’t have that. Sure, I like Josh Lucas and Terrence Howard but I rarely encounter a film where I would be happily surprised by just about anything it did. I want to give it a great big hug.