Shot Caller (2017) Rated R Runtime: 121 minutes
els – 7.0/10
IMDb – 7.4/10
Amazon – 4.5/5 stars
Rotten Tomatoes Critics – 6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience – 3.9/5
Metacritic Metascore – 59/100
Metacritic User Score – 7.1/10
Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh
Written by: Ric Roman Waugh
Produced by: Jonathan King, Michel Litvak , Gary Michael Walters , Ric Roman Waugh
Music by: Antonio Pinto
Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Walau, Jon Bernthal, Lake Bell
Jacob ‘Money’ Harlon, played by Nikolaj Coster-Walau, destroys his life, his family, and his friend, in a split second of inebriated inattention, tumbling him towards the gates of hell and hell’s masters. Harlon evolves from a successful stockbroker to a calculating gang member inside the go along or die, walls of prison. Jacob on the outside; handsome, kind, likable, becomes Money on the inside; branded, stoic, brutal, shrewd; ultimately resolving all consequential moral issues bichromatically, there is no grey in staying alive, no grey in protecting his estranged wife and son from the callous wrath of the gangs; who operate with impunity, mockery, and charter, inside and outside the profane houses of correction.
Coster-Walau (whatever happened to the studios giving actors simple, pronounceable names) plays his part with feverish intensity, a resoundingly believable act dramatizing the ruthless lack of humanity that is our prison system. He realistically reveals the absolute horror of living a life bound to a criminal tribe’s hellish code of control, unchained from any sense of compassion or mercy.
Ric Roman Waugh, as director and writer, brings a flawless, no tricks, script to life with a dual track film that unfolds Jacob’s trek to Money, and Money’s odyssey to redemption. A story of a lost life, a story of finding honor, a story of emancipation, a story of family.