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Directed By
Jay Alaimo

Written By:
Jay Alaimo, Peter Tannenbaum

Kyra Sedgwick, Vincent D'Onofrio, Tom Sizemore, Elisabeth Röhm, Rhys Coiro, Flora Cross, Ryan Donowho, Michele Hicks, Jordan Belfi, Dreama Walker, Brian Petsos, Matt Ball, Eddie Guerra, Todd Detwiler, Jackie Moore, Jared Acosta, Ivette De Jesus, Haley Finnegan, Erin O'Brien, Michael Power, Steve Rimpici

Chlorine (2014)
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Movie Review by Mike Thomas
February 23rd, 2014

Caveat Emptor

Favorite Movie Quote: "You know what Y.G.F. means?"

Meet the denizens of Copper Canyon, a small New England town:
- Roger Lent (MEN in BLACK's Vincent D'Onofrio), a sad sack of a bank drone, who has been vainly eyeing the Vice President position for years,
- Georgie ("The Closer's" Kyra Sedgwick), his wife, a wannabe social butterfly, vainly trying to "keep up with the Joneses," in this case being -
- Doug (Jordan Belfi), a very successful investment banker, and his wife, Katherine (Elisabeth Röhm), for our example, "the Joneses."
- Roger's kids, Cynthia (Flora Cross), a budding young woman, who "buds" at the worst possible moment, in the middle of a swim meet, and Henry (Ryan Donowho), the son who is invisible to his parents, but turns out to be the smartest person in the room.
- mix this in with Ernie (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN'S Tom Sizemore), a contractor with a less-than-noble agenda, Elise (Michele Hicks), a burnt-out Wall Street investment banker, looking for her "center" once more, and a host of very flawed supporting characters. These vastly different individuals intertwined their personal demons with each other, to make up this Greek tragedy.

Roll Credits.

CHLORINE, in this reviewer's opinion, an ill-chosen title, shows how a single event can drag down an entire town, basically because of a mistake. Director Jay Alaimo must have had the easiest directing job ever; the characters played out their intertwining dramas effortlessly to their greatest strengths, without being overly dramatic or making caricatures of themselves. Credit should also be given to Alaimo, who as part of the writing team including Matt Fiorello and Peter Tannenbaum, made the characters so rich that you wanted to hate them, but ultimately felt sorry for them. There was a side story with Dreama Walker as one of the town's tramps (there were a couple), added a layer of the story that filled in a spot that wasn't really needed, but injected a bit of humor in it's twist. The biggest surprise was the unexpected Hollywood Ending, where most of the characters found closure.

On my personal rating scale of with "5" being drop everything and see the video now; if you're female, bear the producers' children and "0" being burn down the theater, murder the staff, and violate their dog, this movie earns a "4.5," using my Patented Bell Curve for Independent films. The developmental property being built in Copper Canyon could very much have been a metaphor for the drama of CHLORINE; you could see how the development mirrored the evolution of the film from the beginning. And as much as this reviewer is cool to dramas, the performances in CHLORINE kept the well-written story moving, as well and challenging every step of the way.

CHLORINE stars Kyra Sedgwick, Vincent D'Onofrio, Tom Sizemore, Elisabeth Röhm, Rhys Coiro, Flora Cross, Ryan, Donowho, Michele Hicks, Jordan Belfi, Dreama Walker, Brian Petsos, Matt Ball, and Eddie Guerra. It is directed by Jay Alaimo and is scheduled for release February 28. You want good drama, good writing, and good performances, this is your trifecta!

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