Mikhael Bassilli, Luc Walpoth
Mikhael Bassilli, MJ Palo
Michael Drayer, Danay Garcia, Joey Kern
Blue Fox Entertainment
Minny (FEAR THE WALKING DEAD’s Danay Garcia) is pregnant. Great news, right? Not exactly. This was unexpected and not exactly welcome, but she and her boyfriend, Gil (MR. ROBOT’s Michael Drayer), love each other and are sticking with it. But babies are expensive and neither’s prospects are the best, so a quick break-in with Tony (Travis Hammer) and Dom, and they’re in for some quick money to help start a new life together. The job goes real south real fast, however, and Dom and Gil are on the run real quick. They find themselves hiding out in the home of Heidi (Taja V. Simpson), a nurse who treated Minny and her cerebral palsy-afflicted son, Chris (Vernon Taylor III, who has palsy in real life). Now they’re all in a hostage situation with a hot property they need to sell off fast so they can try to make it the hell out of there before the cops find them. It’s not how anyone wanted this to go, but this is what you have to do to make BABY MONEY these days.
Continuing Fantasia’s long-standing tradition of showcasing great new crime thrillers, BABY MONEY delivers mounting suspense and jolting storytelling like the best crime dramas do. Directors Mikhael Bassilli (who co-wrote the script with MJ Palo) and Luc Walpoth know that these stories are character dramas first and foremost, and the screenplay wisely presents them all as street-smart, relatable people just trying to do right but in way over their heads. The suspense builds wisely throughout and just keeps getting more and more intense, and the casting of Garcia and Simpson gives it all genuine weight to ground the story. As much of a crackling thriller as it is a study of desperate people in a desperate situation, BABY MONEY delivers in so many ways that it pays off this tyke’s college education before it’s even born. Don’t miss it. – Matthew Kiernan
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