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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 02.03.17] USA action thriller crime vampires

After more than two years of being shelved by its domestic distributor The Night Crew, starring Luke Goss, Bokeem Woodbine, Paul Sloan, Luciana Faulhaber and Danny Trejo, has finally been unleashed on action fans.

Due to the delayed release I wondered if the quality of the film might be a bit shaky, but I was dead wrong. Not only is The Night Crew a balls-to-the-wall siege movie with a nifty supernatural twist, but it's also the best collaboration yet between writer Paul Sloan and director Christian Sesma (Vigilante Diaries).

Sloan's script pops with tough guy humor and heart while his team of bounty hunters each have their own unique personalities and subtle arcs. And once the story gets moving, Sesma manages to balance brutal action and character moments with a surprisingly light touch that elevates it from just another a dusty, macho shoot 'em up, to a film that punches way above its weight class.

[Listen: Paul Sloan Talks Vigilante Diaries & I am Wrath]

The look of the film fluctuates between grungy and gorgeous with moments of slow motion juxtaposing the fast paced action. Without giving too much away, the film reads like a love letter to a bygone era where action and genre met. It really does feel like Assault from Precinct 13 and Near Dark had a love child, an idea I'm personally jealous I didn't come up with myself.

Turning to Goss specifically, it's been a long time since I've seen him in something that really impressed me. He handled the Death Race sequels decently enough, but he has genuine charisma in The Night Crew as the team's leader. Dude needs to be in more stuff.

The Night Crew is out everywhere now.

Recommended Release: Near Dark

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