Sedona International Film Festival Review: Evan’s Crime

Sedona International Film Festival Review: Evan’s Crime

Evan’s Crime intimately depicts the reality of what can happen when a kid just trying to explore his dream find some self in the wrong place the wrong time.

Evan’s Crime follows Evan, played by Douglas Smith, an aspiring musician, enjoying life with his beautiful girlfriend, until something happens that is completely insane. I originally found this plot line quite dull, however, screenwriters Dale Rosenbloom, David Assael,  and Director/Writer Sandy Tung do a fabulous job developing the story and the characters, making this enthralling watch. Struggling to find himself in life, Evan drops out of school to pursue his dream of music while trying to tour with his band. One of his band members turns out to be shady character, but he turns a blind eye to that because his dream of making his music work depends on the skill level of this member. Then, of course, as fate would have it Evan plays best show ever,  only for that to be followed up by being arrested for having large amount of drugs that weren’t his. To make matters worst Evans facing an aggressive lawyer, a wonderful performance by David Arquette, with massive aspirations leaving him with little hope. What happens after that is what will define Evan as a human being. If this seems like a typical story line to a musician’s life, that’s because it is, there are many people in real life they get caught in the same position Evan is in. Not to turn this into something political, but the film sets out to explore the idea that minimum sentences combined with lawyers on the prosecution team setting out for nothing but a conviction, not justice, is really hindering our youth and growing and turning into the future of this country.

Evans Crime is an impactful film the strikes a real nerve with people that are conscious of the problems in this country. While the acting leaves a bit to be desired, and if better done and you could’ve made a bigger impact, it is sufficient to get the point of the film across. This narrative will certainly make you think, and includes an interesting editing style, following two stories of Evans life, and flashing back and forth to see how what happened to Evan impacted his life in the future. This is my favorite aspect to this film, Tung intelligently intertwines this storylines, and created a perfect cause and effect to Evan’s actions and decisions.

I would absolutely recommend Evan’s Crime, and strongly suggest catching it’s final screening  at Sedona Film Festival, Saturday, February 27th at 9:20 am.

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