Directed by Andrew Arguello and MJ Palo, The Target List is a 2021 short action film produced by Mad Wife Productions. With Palo and John Reizer lending their writing credits to the endeavor, the film stars Jessica Culaciati, Dan Bailey and Naomi Plasterer.
Running at a brisk length of ten minutes, The Target List charts the journey of survival of a couple of scientists who have just invented a miracle cure for cancer. With large-scale implications of such cutting edge research becoming evident, particularly for big pharma who would see a hit to their profits if such a drug found its way to the masses, an assassin is dispatched to get rid of the scientists to doom their research forever. However, fate, it seems, has other plans as two of the scientists manage to escape. With their life and research on the line, the two scientists will do everything they can to survive and thwart the plans of the evil conglomerate that is conspiring to prevent the medicine from getting into the hands of the public.
The first thing noticeable about the whole production is that the casting is damn near perfect with every character fully embracing the outlandish narrative and what the script expects them to do. Jessica Culaciati is terrific as Donna while Dan Bailey as Bruno also manages to impress. Combining witty commentary with a constant threat to life, script writers Palo and Reizer develop a narrative that is funny and charming while losing none of the thrill and danger in the process. Developing Big Pharma as the overarching bad guy out to stop a cancer cure might be considered dumb in the real world. However, the power of the creative talent in the screenwriters is visible in the fact that they manage to take this very outlandish idea and transform it into a ten minute action film that will satisfy even the most ardent of action fans.
Another great aspect about the movie is its crisp cinematography. Andrew Arguello manages to capture the action well, using shaky cam to a minimum. Not only is the lighting properly done but the colors and hues give the whole film an expensive look. This will undoubtedly help with the marketing of the short to the masses. In addition, the sound editors behind the project also deserve a special shoutout. Kudos to the sound and stunt team for making the gunfights and knife play look and feel authentic and interesting. The pulsating soundtrack, in particular, adds to the tension during tense moments.
The only gripe that I have with the film is that some setpieces need a bit of polishing over in regards to the CGI. The subpar CGI is most noticeable in bullet holes and in the burning car. While this may be due to the limited budget, the subpar CGI in no way distracts from what is, in essence, a terrifically entertaining film. However, if this particular aspect were improved, an already appealing film would become even better.
Tightly paced and full of action and thrills, The Target List is a potent short film that manages to squeeze so much into its short running time. While some special effects shots do require a bit of polishing over, the creative talent and technical prowess evident in the production cannot be dismissed. At its core, The Target List embraces its outlandish idea wholeheartedly and moves to have terrific fun with its premise. With both the cast and the crew seemingly having a good time, the film is thus a win for everyone involved in its making.
Available to rent or buy on several streaming platforms, The Target List gets eight out of ten stars from this reviewer.
Can you spare eleven minutes?
Watch The Target List pilot movie on Amazon for $3.99 and help us produce the full feature film. We want to wake up the world! Please rate and review the movie on the IMDB Page and the Amazon platform after watching the production.
What a great review, John! And very professionally done. This reviewers comment about you and your team being able to pack so much thrilling entertainment into a brief timeline is incredibly true. 😀
Thanks, Lisa! 😀
We are thrilled to have received any reviews because we know that this is a competitive industry. The fact that we have received positive feedback from a small number of IMDB users, and a solid critical review from the UK, gives us some confirmation there is true quality in the pilot film. We believed this to be the case for a while, but it is always nice to see positive reviews from the movie’s viewers.
Additionally, our short film tackles a polarizing subject. Many people hold the pharmaceutical industry in high regard, so we have to contend with that challenging obstacle at all times. 🤣
The early feedback also provides us at least some evidence that an audience exists for a series or feature film in the future. We need more people to watch, rate and review the pilot.
As always, thanks for your strong support of our project. 👍
This is a wonderful review. It is real evidence that this should be a Feature Film. I guess the hard part is getting it out there to as many people as possible. At least we know that interest is definitely there. Good luck Dr. Reizer. I know you will succeed in this as you have in every other aspect of your life.
Thanks, Sandy! 😀
We appreciate the kind words, support, and encouragement. We are excited to see people watching the film. Every creator/writer wants their work to be read or, in this case, viewed by an audience. We are not an exception to this rule. We want plenty of people to view the pilot.
The short movie is a stepping stone to the feature film and my worldwide attempt to wake up society.
Wow, that’s awesome. It deserves it. If you do end up making a movie, millions will watch it, like vaxxed and others. It would be some major learning for the sheeple and it would make many more, take the red pill.
And for those of you who don’t know it,
The 1% wants to depopulate most of the humans on this earth, and subjugate the rest of them for their own aggrandizement.
And it looks like they will be getting what they have worked so hard to accomplish, a new world order.
The human population is dropping like flies, being murdered by the vax, wars and so on.
Once this police state takes over the US, it’s all over and it will be time to go to the mountains.
There will no longer be “freedom” in the world with all humans being subjugated to the 1%.
The million $ question is, will the US citizens, militia, etc, acquiesce to the 1% also, and give up their weapons along with their freedom or we fight for our freedoms ?
So far the whole world has acquiesced to the 1% and giving up their guns and then their freedoms.
Is this what we are headed for ?
Only time will tell for sure.
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Thanks so much, Tim, for your continued support of the film and website. It is much appreciated, my friend! 😀
Noooooo, thanks youuuuu
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I have read a plethora of old stories. At one point, and I’m talking old, they actually would write Mr. D, Miss J, etc. Trying to remember the names is pointless, I always thought that it was a cleaner way to write, by concentrating on the plot and not the minutia. Criticism in the review of the CG is justified, but that is minutia to the plot, so I just move on without dwelling on tiny points.
One movie I like, “Ink”
Something’s got to stop the flow (INK -2009) (Preview)
Is made by an Independent Producer, the accident scene, very realistic, was made by pulling the car towards the camera, leaving the impression that it was struck by the SUV but the side seemingly struck was never shown, and in fact, the limited view that the viewers get from that side (window frame) shows no damage or bulging.
I bought the video from the producer, even though it is on YouTube in full, I support these alternate films. Although the images seem over exposed, the reason is that the characters that the movie features cannot be seen in the real world but are depicted as being in it (visible only to themselves and using the over exposure to reinforce that point) Only the one with Tape on his eyes can Influence this World, the others effect thoughts.
Something’s Gotta Stop the Flow really applies to this covid situation as well. Too bad the forces of Good vs Evil do not seem to be strongly opposing each other as they do in Ink.
I’ll buy the Target List Movie when it is completed, as I bought the short Target List Movie. I’ll write a review when my wife is home, I am locked-out of Amazon since I do not know the Sign-in and Password, though she has told me many times. Ink had a nice touch that I would suggest is considered. I have the DVD, and it’s signed by the producer. Mass production of DVDs may not be warranted, but limited copies that way would be a bonus, passing the additional costs onto the purchaser.
Great work on the movie, anxious to see the whole thing.
Thank you, Sir! I greatly appreciate your feedback and support! 🙂👍