Cast: Nathan Tymoshuk, Ryan Kiser, Brandon Van Vilet
Writers: Mike Borka, John Karsko, Brandon Van Vilet
Director: John Karsko.
On the rise to make it big in the criminal underworld. Ian(Mike Borka) and Tony(Anjel White) have a big problem on their hands. That problem involves drug kingpin J Markeaur (Brandon Van Vilet) finding out that they have killed his cousins. They end up running in to their old friend Michael(Nathan Tymoshuk) and the two former drug dealers devise a plan to make sure he takes the fall. While this is going on we see J’s younger brother Marko(Ryan Kiser) has escaped from prison and has vowed revenge for putting him there for exchange of immunity. As the story progresses things dont go as smoothly for either character like they thought they would.
Let me start off this review by saying that every actor in this is very good. The leads are all very believable, and never once did I feel like I was just watching people say lines to a camera. They all had interesting characters with real personalities. Hell even some of the smaller ones like Tommie Domino(Douglas Sidney) had strong backgrounds too. I gotta give credit to the all the writers including Mike Borka for creating very detailed people instead of just basic archetypes. It would been very easy to have J Markeaur be this big drug czar that everyone fears. but there were a few moments that made him appear human. Same thing goes for Ian who despite betraying his friend does have moments of general concern. The personality of Marko is a stone crazed psycho, and yet Ryan Kiser gives him this level of understanding that I wasn’t expecting. I don’t for one second condone his actions and believe he should stay locked up for a long time. Yet he has this code of ethics that I found to be very interesting. This is only my second feature with seeing this actor, and I hope that somewhere a casting agent is reading this review. Mr. Kaiser from what I have seen him in so far, has shown he is a very good character actor.
As much as I liked both the stories that are going on in this movie. I feel like they should have remain as two separate movies. The story with Marko and his revenge on his brother could have been one movie and the other where Ian and Tony betray their friend Michael could have easily worked as another one. There is a story of a cop who’s husband was killed by J Markeaur’s crew that could work very well into that first story I mentioned. Characters can make appearances in each movie, so there wouldn’t be this need to have everyone’s story all at once. Having this many plot lines in one movie does make it slow down a bit. But luckily it never comes to a screeching hault. “In Harms Way” for the most part was an entertaining ride. I do hope that more people get to see it, and that you continue to seek out movies that are no so easily advertised.