Film and TV

Phoenix Film Festival Spotlight: Chris Eska's The Retrieval

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The film centers on a 13-year-old boy named Will (Ashton Sanders) and his caretaker Marcus (Keston John) on assignment from a bounty hunter. In one rather intense scene opening the film (shown below) the ruthless bounty hunter threatens that they travel to find a man and bring him back to be killed for his crimes or he will kill them both.

Marcus, set on saving his skin, seemingly has no moral quandaries about the task, but, upon meeting Nate, Will begins to question the rightness of their job, especially considering Nate isn't a runaway, but a freed man. While Tishuan Scott has been rightly getting recognition for his role, John's portrayal of Marcus is worth note as well. As he mentioned at the film festival, the toughest part about portraying someone as heartless as Marcus is making them more than one-dimensional.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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