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The Spearhead Effect (2017)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 2017 (USA)
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After exposing police corruption, a journalist is drawn into an underground world of violent vigilantism.


Brandon Moore, Caleb Alexander Smith (as Caleb Smith)


Brandon Moore, Caleb Alexander Smith (as Caleb Smith)



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Credited cast:
Darlene Vogel ... Shelby Stone
Alex McArthur ... Fuller
Jaime Gallagher ... Carole Graham
Tara Alexandra Brown ... Supermarket Shopper (as Tara Brown)
Wes Robertson ... Bearded Pioneer
Caleb Alexander Smith ... Evan (as Caleb Smith)
Keith Barber ... Raspy Pioneer
Rane Jameson ... Jake Stetson
Paul Schackman ... Mr. Stetson
Peter Lucas ... Thin Man
Dylan Saccoccio ... Assailant
Paul Terrell Clayton ... Baritone Pioneer
Jeremy Sykes ... Pioneer
Regen Wilson ... Keller
Gary Palmer ... Pioneer


After exposing police corruption, a journalist is drawn into an underground world of violent vigilantism.

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VERY impressive novice indie production!
19 January 2018 | by TheTopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

Let me start off by saying that I rate and review movies based on their own merits i.e. are there A-list actors? Big Hollywood production (including director, producers, writers etc)? If yes, then I will critique it hard.

This is not one of those films. In fact, the only somewhat seasoned (B-list) actor was Rane Jameson with a decent resume, of whom did an outstanding job in his role.

Next, I've said many times before, very rarely do we find a film where one character is the actor, writer, director, producer... and score in a film that is successful in all areas. This IS one of those rarities. Caleb Alexander Smith has a short acting resume, mainly a handful of TV shows as an extra, and this film was his first ever credit as writer, director, producer and composer. He shared most of these credits with another novice, Brandon Moore, also debuting for the first time in the same categories. But Caleb also being a lead and composer was ambitious to take on so many responsibilities, but succeeded exponentially.

His directing and writing are what stood out in this film, and I did take note of a very decent score throughout this film. Of course his acting was also on point.

This is a rather unique indie film, produced and presented very well. It by no means is a Hollywood production, yet it felt better than some of the recent blockbusters I've seen lately. Even the choice of masks (I want one of those!) were a perfect choice to create that uneasy eeriness. Sure most of the cast will have this film credited as their first ever acting role, and where not as convincing as you would expect in a film, but they were just that, amateur/novice actors that did a decent job, and deserve some praise.

I'm sure there will be many negative reviews and ratings (only because IMDb users always critique by comparing every film to Hollywood blockbusters), but I for one refuse to be negative towards any *novice* actor, director, producer. etc who are ambitious, gave it their best, and come up with something that I feel is right up there (considering what they had to work with) with those big blockbuster films.

Everything about this film is worth watching. The writing and directing (again, for a first time attempt by the aforementioned duo) is excellent, and the ending is outstanding (great little twist in the final act!).

I really enjoyed this film and would see it again and recommend it to friends. Caleb Smith nailed every role he was responsible for in this film, and I look forward to seeing more from him and his team in the future. This film should be an inspiration and example to all the new and upcoming individuals considering or just starting out in this industry. And if anyone thinks this is one of those fake IMDb reviews paid or involved to promote this film, it is not... click on my name and you will see my over 700 ratings and over 300 reviews. I'm rating this film as it deserves to be rated, and it's a well deserved 9/10 from me! Props to all those involved in this outstanding and enjoyable production.

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