‘ 7 Min­utes’ packs a lot in

Los Angeles Times - - MOVIES - — Gary Gold­stein

Although stylish and in­trigu­ingly told, the twisty crime drama “7 Min­utes” never quite jumps out of the pack. Writer- di­rec­tor Jay Martin has a solid han­dle on his story and char­ac­ters and is well sup­ported by his cast. But in the end it’s just another tale of bad eggs, bad choices and bad luck.

In glum Everett, Wash., three young men — broth­ers Sam ( Luke Mitchell) and Mike ( Jason Rit­ter) and Sam’s child­hood friend and re­cent parolee Owen ( Zane Holtz) — land in debt to a mur­der­ous drug dealer ( Chris Sold­ev­illa). With 48 hours to set things right, the trio hatches a plan to rob an easy- ac­cess bank man­aged by Sam and Mike’s shady un­cle ( Joel Mur­ray). They be­lieve the raid can be over in just seven min­utes. But sur­prises, of course, are in store.

Martin ticks off each minute of the heist with well- con­structed f lash­backs that de­tail Sam, Mike and Owen’s per­sonal lives as well as re­count the se­crets and mis­steps that have led to the rob­bery’s un­fold­ing dis­as­ter.

Oth­ers who vividly fac­tor in: Sam’s preg­nant wife ( Leven Ram­bin), a hap­less lo­cal cop ( Bran­don Hardesty), a slutty barf ly ( Mariel Neto) and, most prob­lem­at­i­cally, the ruth­less Tuckey Kevin Gage, an “as­so­ciate” of Owen’s ca­reer- crim­i­nal fa­ther ( an un­der­used Kris Kristof­fer­son).

Martin keeps the ac­tion, which in­cludes bits of bonecrunch­ing vi­o­lence, mov­ing apace with solid at­mo­spher­ics and cred­i­ble tough- guy di­a­logue and at­ti­tude. Mitchell ( TV’s “Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D.”) in par­tic­u­lar brings f ine di­men­sion and pathos to his role as a one­time golden boy on the skids. If only it was all in the ser­vice of some­thing more wholly mem­o­rable. “7 Min­utes.” No MPAA rat­ing. Run­ning time: 1 hour, 24 min­utes. Play­ing: Laemmle’s NoHo 7, North Hol­ly­wood. Also on VOD.

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