DVD Release Date: August
Review by Compay for
Never Down is one of those independent films completely
under the radar. What attracted me to the film was that it
starred Robert LaSardo, who I've been a fan of for 15
Nip/Tuck is really what expanded LaSardo's fan base, but
most of his past film work has been as a background
Never Down is one of the few movies that really allows him
show his range, but it's weighed down by the low budget
and weak story.
LaSardo offers up an emotional performance as Rico, a stressed
husband and father who dabbles in crime to make ends meet. An
extramarital affair puts more strain on his situation, leading
up to the moment when he's imprisoned for five years. Which
leads to one of my complaints about the film; there's
virtually no focus on Rico's imprisonment. Rico battles his
inner demons and suffers the pain of being apart from his
daughter, but we miss out on a good opportunity to experience
it at his most vulnerable. So while Rico spends five years in
prison, the film dedicates only two minutes to his entire
Other movies that include the "father back from prison"
concept such as "Blow" and "He Got Game" have already tackled
the story line. So while LaSardo gets to flex his acting chops
a bit, the story itself isn't very original nor interesting.
As far as the casting, there were two choices that stood out.
The first was Kamal Ahmed of Jerky Boys fame, cast as Rico's
arresting officer. The other was the famous author Kurt
Vonnegut Jr, making his third and final acting appearance in a
film just before passing away. Vonnegut gets a few minutes of
screen time as something of an angel on the shoulder of Rico
and his daughter.
If you're a fan of Robert LaSardo, Never Down is a good
opportunity to watch him as a lead actor. What puts my review
at three stars is the low production value, and the lack of an
interesting or highly original plot. It's nice to see LaSardo
step away from the background, so watch this film at least
once if you're a fan of his work.
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