“Shot”, directed by Jeremy Kagan with his own story, concludes with a plea to support gun control – go to their website and “take action” right on your smartphone in the theater.
It may be baroque to claim it challenges the Second Amendment.
But the tagline “one bullet, everyone pays” rings true. In the end (just as with the film “Stronger” yesterday), there are no victims, only casualties.
The concept of the film is to present an accidental shooting, The film the parallels the lives, almost in real time, of the “victim” and the perpetrator.
As the film opens, film editor Mark Newman ( Noah Wyle), is editing a violent scene in a western, focusing on the damage done by bullets. Then we learn he is divorcing his wife Pheobe (Sharon Leaf), in a mixed-race marriage. The separation will be relatively amical.
Then we see teenager Miguel (Jorge Lendeorg) getting gay-bashed in a park. His cousin finds a gun and lets Miguel play with it. The gun goes off, and strikes Mark in the upper left chest, above the heart, but because the entry was from above, it descends into his intestines and hits his spine.
Mark remains conscious throughout the 911 call, ambulance and emergency room, even as fluid is drained with chest tunes. After life threatening shock subsides, he gets talkative. He has a pseudo-NDE in the MRI from claustrophobia. In the meantime, the split screen shows Miguel moping around and talking to a priest. His mother doesn’t want him to turn himself in to police, because “you’re brown”.
Five months later, Mark is getting hydrotherapy, as we hope he will walk again. He will not. But Phoebe is still in his life, able to deal with the hardship, which seems to draw them back together. He has health insurance from work or the union, but we don’t see him getting back to work. He orders a Baretta by mail.
Mark was lean and sharp before the shooting. Months later, he is getting fat and sliding as he has not been able to make progress from the wheel chair.
In the meantime, Miguel stalks him on his bike because he wants to apologize. But there may be no forgiveness.
|Director, writer:||Jeremy Kagan|
|Format:||2.35:1, screen often split in parallel stories|
|When and how viewed:||AMC Hoffman Center, 2017/9/24, small audience|
(Posted: Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at 10:30 PM EDT)