First Shot

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  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 4.9  (579)

First Shot is a 2002 crime thriller directed by Armand Mastroianni and starring Mariel Hemingway, Doug Savant, and Jenna Leigh Green. The movie follows a mother and son duo, Sharon and Michael Maitland, as they find themselves caught in a deadly situation. Sharon's ex-husband, Frank, has been released from prison after serving a sixteen-year sentence and is seeking revenge against Sharon for testifying against him. Frank enlists the help of a hitman to take out Sharon, but Michael overhears their plans and sets out to save his mother.

The movie opens with Sharon, a successful photographer, and Michael, a high school student, enjoying a day out together. However, their happiness is short-lived when a car tries to run them off the road. Soon after, the hitman shows up at Sharon's studio, but she manages to escape. Michael becomes increasingly worried for his mother's safety and decides to take matters into his own hands.

Michael begins investigating the hitman and learns that he is highly skilled and untraceable. Michael seeks help from his mother's friend, Detective Ringwald, but they are unable to locate the hitman. As his frustration grows, Michael discovers that the hitman is planning to make another attempt on his mother's life. With no other options left, Michael takes matters into his own hands and sets out to stop the hitman before it's too late.

One of the movie's notable aspects is its pacing. The tension builds gradually throughout the movie, with the threat to Sharon and Michael's safety becoming more and more palpable. There are several tense scenes, such as when Sharon is trapped in a parking garage with the hitman on her tail and when Michael sneaks into the hitman's lair to gather evidence.

The movie also explores themes of family and loyalty. Sharon and Michael have a strong relationship, and Michael will stop at nothing to protect his mother. However, their family ties are also tested when they discover that someone close to them may be working with Frank and the hitman.

The acting in First Shot is generally solid, with Mariel Hemingway delivering a strong performance as Sharon, a woman trying to protect her family while also coping with the trauma of her abusive marriage. Doug Savant also shines as Michael, a teenager forced to grow up quickly to protect his mother.

While the movie does have some flaws, such as some predictable plot points and a lack of character development for some of the supporting cast, it is still an enjoyable thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you're a fan of crime movies or enjoy watching a good cat-and-mouse game, First Shot is worth checking out.

First Shot is a 2002 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.9.

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    4.9  (579)