Lowlife (2018)


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What happens when you throw together a fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, a just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and a recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That's the premise of the berserk, blood-spattered, and wickedly entertaining feature debut from Ryan Prows. Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, Lowlife zigzags back and forth in time as it charts how fate-and a ruthless crime boss-connects three down-and-out reprobates mixed up in an organ harvesting scheme that goes from bad to worse to off-the-rails insane. Careening from savagely funny to just plain savage to unexpectedly heartfelt, this audacious thriller serves up nonstop adrenaline alongside hard-hitting commentary about the state of contemporary America.

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (7)

A shallow exercise in nastiness, contriving different ways that people can be cruel to each other.

Apr 6, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The tangled plot is ultimately too simple, and the film's sociopolitical commentary too paltry. But "Lowlife" does have a refreshingly varied and up-to-date cast of characters. With seedy B-movies, just a little bit of ambition elevates the generic.

Apr 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Nicely calibrates a twisty course between straight crime melodrama and black comedy, one that has cult-following potential among adventurous genre fans.

Apr 3, 2018 | Full Review…
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Being a debut feature, the film at times struggles to stay on track tonally-a graphic autopsy scene at the beginning seems to portend a much different kind of story-but once it rights itself, it's off like a bullet from the chamber of a gun.

Oct 26, 2017 | Full Review…
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A movie with the sole purpose of an adrenalin rush, designed to strap you to your seat, entertain you, and spit you back into reality, exhausted but satisfied.

Oct 9, 2017 | Full Review…

A captivating feature debut despite some missteps, it flashes back to a time when every other filmmaking newcomer wanted to be Quentin Tarantino; surprisingly, it does not provoke the weary eye-rolling that greeted so many of those films.

Aug 3, 2017 | Full Review…

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