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TropiX
     

TropiX

Director: Percy Angress, Livia Linden

Cast: Ryan Barton-Grimley, Danielle Bisutti

 

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Fast-talking Guy (Thomas Scott) is taking his mentally fragile wife, Corrine (Danielle Bisutti), to beautiful Costa Rica. He's going for shady business reasons, and rarely puts down his cell phone. They're being followed by the coolly sarcastic Solange (Michelle Jones), who also serves as our narrator; her hot-tempered lover, Joaquim (Keith Brunsmann); and his

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Fast-talking Guy (Thomas Scott) is taking his mentally fragile wife, Corrine (Danielle Bisutti), to beautiful Costa Rica. He's going for shady business reasons, and rarely puts down his cell phone. They're being followed by the coolly sarcastic Solange (Michelle Jones), who also serves as our narrator; her hot-tempered lover, Joaquim (Keith Brunsmann); and his seemingly dim, indolent brother, Nicky (Ryan Barton-Grimley). These three plan to kidnap poor Corrine in order to keep Guy from ripping off a large sum of money they'd earlier entrusted to him. The whole group checks into a posh resort, whereupon the trio makes their move. While Solange and Joaquim keep a close eye on Guy (particularly close -- intimate even -- on Solange's part), Nicky drags Corrine to a ratty hut in the middle of a vast banana plantation. Guy alternately tries to trick his captors into releasing his wife and to convince them that he's working in everyone's best interests, setting up a real estate deal (aided by unique Costa Rican property laws) that will make them all rich. While he clearly believes he can talk his way out of trouble, his natural antipathy toward the abrasive Joaquim occasionally gets the better of him. Meanwhile, Nicky proves much too sensitive to be a good kidnapper, and is increasingly attracted to Corrine, who learns the hard way what a sleazeball her devoted husband is. TropiX was written and directed by Percy Angress and Livia Linden, expatriate Americans who live in Costa Rica. The film had its world premiere at the 2003 Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
TropiX is a rough-hewn little indie, with a few appealing performances and some clever dialogue helping to compensate for sloppy plotting, one embarrassingly bare-bones action set piece, and the fact that the filmmakers don't have much to say. The action scene in question, in which one character (or rather, a poorly constructed dummy meant to represent the character) hangs, for what seems an eternity, from a flying helicopter, is just the sort of thing that low-budget thriller makers need to write out of their scripts. But it's not as though anything else going on in the movie makes much sense. Screenwriter Livia Linden and her co-director, Percy Angress, get by mostly on tone (nicely sardonic) and apparent unbridled enthusiasm. Performances are adequate, though Owen Wilson imitator Ryan Barton-Grimley is a standout, and the lovely Michelle Jones makes would-be femme fatale Solange a more interesting character than the writing deserves. Solange's intrusive voice-over is too clever by half. The gorgeous Costa Rican setting and the percolating salsa score (by Walter Flores) promise more site-specific interest than the film delivers. Despite all the sex, gunplay, and self-conscious tough guy (and girl) posturing, one of the most interesting sequences in the film is basically a cutaway to an ordinary workday on a banana plantation. Unfortunately, for the most part, the filmmakers seem hell-bent on eliding fascinating local detail in order to keep their rickety roller-coaster plot on track.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2004
UPC:
0039414520279
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mti Home Video
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Widescreen format; Behind the scenes; Interactive menus; Deleted scenes; Scene selection; Trailers; Optional Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan Barton-Grimley Actor
Danielle Bisutti Actor
Keith Brunsmann Actor
Michelle Jones Actor
Thomas Scott Stanton Actor
Ronald Nitschke Actor

Technical Credits
Percy Angress Director,Producer
Livia Linden Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Walter Calienno Production Designer
Lisa Defuso Asst. Director
Ana Domb Associate Producer
Nano Fernandez Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Flores Score Composer
Aaron Griffith Casting
Christopher Koefoed Editor
Luc G. Nicknair Cinematographer
Jenny Callicott Webster Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Vacation [5:19]
2. Costa Rica [5:15]
3. Beach [3:44]
4. Business [5:31]
5. Request [5:31]
6. Escape [4:57]
7. Relate [4:23]
8. Spider [5:23]
9. Stories [4:38]
10. Tricked [6:04]
11. Fled [3:48]
12. Fight [5:06]
13. Together [6:04]
14. New Plan [3:52]
15. Foiled [5:31]
16. Helicopter [4:06]
17. Fallen [1:02]
18. Shot [4:56]
19. Continues [5:45]
20. Credits [4:40]

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