Julius Amedume’s ‘Rattlesnakes’ is sinister but satisfying

If you’re looking for a slow-burning, suspenseful trip, you can’t go wrong with this film.

Jimmy Jean-Louis in Rattlesnakes

A great plot twist doesn’t just shock, it can make a movie unforgettable, which is exactly what Julius Amedume’s neo-noir psychological thriller “Rattlesnakes​” is.

Based on Graham Farrow’s 1997​ stage-play which ​Amedume brings to the big screen, the ​film follows a therapist kidnapped by three masked men who accuse him of sleeping with their wives and what starts off as a​ seemingly simple scare tactic, grows enormously complicated with layer upon layer of twists and tricks.Julius Amedume and Jimmy Jean-Louis

“It has some of the connotations and sensibilities​ the original play has. I just took the essence of the ​play and made it into a feature film,” says Amedume, an award-winning director whose film, “A Goat’s Tail,”​ earned him a Pan African Film Festival award for Best Feature in 2007.

With a s​low-building plot and​ ​a shocking conclusion, Jimmy Jean-Louis plays the lead character, Robert McQueen, a charismatic life coach of sorts who has an unorthodox relationship with his white middle-class female clients and it’s a role Jean-Louis, who also produces the film, relished.

​”He is one of those guys who is very seductive and ​I​ like to play a character you can never fully understand or read,” shares the “Claws” actor who  approached  Amedume with the project having met the director at the Pan African Film Festival several years ago.

“We both had films here,” adds Amedume,” and we swapped information. Jimmy came to watch my film and I came to watch his film and we went for a coffee, which lasted 5 hours. We have always said we would work with each other and here we are on our second project.​”

Meticulously constructed via solid writing scene by scene, the film also stars Jack Coleman (“Heroes”), Kathleen McClellan (“Seinfeld”), Jay Acovone (“Terminator”), Christian Oliver (“Hercules”), Robinne Lee (“Fifty Shades Darker”) and Rya Kihlstedt (“Heroes Reborn”).

If you’re looking for a slow-burning, suspenseful trip, you can’t go wrong with “Rattlesnakes.”

The film will screen at the festival on Wed, Feb 13 @ 3:45pm and Mon, Feb 18 @ 12:30pm at the Cinemark Theater at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. To purchase tickets go to paff.org.

(Pictured): Jimmy Jean-Louis as Robert McQueen courtesy of MICHAEL MORIATIS/KEW, Julius Amedume  and Jimmy Jean-Louis (courtesy of Royalty Images)

One Response to “Julius Amedume’s ‘Rattlesnakes’ is sinister but satisfying”

  1. Sid Vicious says:

    Saw this movie at the weekend and can only say how much I loved it. You guys rock hard!

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