30 Miles Release Date: 2004 Genre: Drama Director(s): Ryan Harper Writer(s): Cliff Gober Starring: Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs For a movie starring Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington from “Welcome Back Kotter” and Cochise from Cooley High, 30 Miles is fantastic. When it comes to other movies, 30 Miles is, while not fantastic, still a movie worthy of a […]

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30 Miles
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Ryan Harper
Writer(s): Cliff Gober
Starring: Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs

For a movie starring Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington from “Welcome Back Kotter” and Cochise from Cooley High, 30 Miles is fantastic. When it comes to other movies, 30 Miles is, while not fantastic, still a movie worthy of a watch.

It’s been almost two years since J. Michael Couto’s Angel’s Crest hit the stores via The Asylum, so it’s about time that another character-driven movie of its kind hits stores. Throughout 30 Miles’ eighty-one minutes, it utilizes only three actors. With the third appearing only for two minutes at the end, that leaves seventy-nine minutes for our main characters to show off their stuff.

With his car broken down in the scorching desert and a wife that he’s not on good terms with, Ernie’s day isn’t going well. He sits on the road for hours, sticking out his thumb at the rare appearance of a car in a futile attempt not to pass out from exhaustion. Luck finally swings to his side, as high-powered African American agent Anthony (Hilton-Jacobs), who is on his way to a wedding, decides to perform an act of kindness by stopping to call AAA. Ernie’s heat exhaustion has gotten the better of him, though, and finally convinces Anthony to drive him to an auto body shop about thirty miles away. The ride ends up being round trip, and these sixty miles opens up room for confrontation, emotional breakdowns, and a final twist that’s actually quite surprising.

The idea behind 30 Miles is a great one that just isn’t executed too well. The tension and friendship between Ernie and Anthony is sincere, but the script leaves too much to the imagination when a certain letter is read. The twist just leaves way too much room for error. Had those holes actually become closed by ending the story on an extremely sour note, 30 Miles would probably be up for an award at the end of the year.

30 Miles does manage to be all sorts of intriguing during its core moments, and kept me hanging on all throughout, so take that as a recommendation.

DVD: Barebones.

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