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With: Tom Sizemore, Sasha Alexander, Sprague Grayden, Bill Smitrovich, Ray McKinnon, Omid Abtahi, Randall Batinkoff, Jerry Hardin, Smith Cho, Paul Rae, Ritchie Montgomery, Jason Konopisos, Jacob Tolano, Edrick Browne, Odessa Sykes
Written by: Peter Biegen, Max Allan Collins, based on a story by Max Allan Collins
Directed by: Jeffrey Goodman
MPAA Rating: R for violence and language
Running Time: 93
Date: 03/28/2008
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The Last Lullaby (2009)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Cold Pulp

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This low-budget film tells the story of a middle-aged hitman, Mr. Price (Tom Sizemore), who takes on a job that he thinks will allow him to retire. Unfortunately, he falls in love with his target, the sad, pretty thirtysomething Sarah (Sasha Alexander). The script was co-written by Max Allan Collins, based on his own short story. Collins is a prolific crime writer, as well as an expert on the history of the crime genre. He once wrote and directed his own B-level horror film Mommy (1995), and a graphic novel of his served as the basis for the A-list film Road to Perdition (2002). At the very least, The Last Lullaby should have been wise and sharp, but instead it has a somber, wintry feel. The performances are solid and the characters mostly ring true, and there's a very good shootout among the dried reeds at the edge of a field. But director Jeffrey Goodman seems to want to imagine that his film is grander than its origins, as if the material embarrassed him. It reminded me of the recent Killshot; it's not bad, just a bit uncomfortable in its own skin.