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Tan Man (2005)

Tan Man

Tan Man is a movie about an average guy named Enzo who ends up in trouble  when he goes to make a simple pick up of tanning lotion for his uncle.  Enzo is a good guy who doesn't want any trouble, so when his uncle tells him that that the lotion he's picking up is illegal, Enzo is at first not interested.  However, when his uncle offers to pay for his college classes, Enzo reluctantly agrees to help.  Of course, the pick up isn't as simple as it's supposed to be.  It seems every step of the way Enzo and his friends get deeper and deeper into a dark underworld that they know nothing about.

The directing and acting in this film is good for a low budget movie.  The actual filming is also good compared to a lot of the movies done at this level.    The action packed opening scene really grabbed my attention and generated enough interest for me to want to keep going through the first few drawn out scenes that followed.  For the most part, the story has a nice flow.  It's a story that's worth telling, but maybe not in the form of a full length movie.  Although a lot of things happen, not much of what's happening is presented in a way that really makes it interesting.  It kind of leaves you feeling like you just spent a night wandering around town with your friends looking for something to do and never really finding it.  That approach has worked well in many movies, but it doesn't seem to be the point of this one.  Overall, I think Tan Man was a very well made movie and filmmaker Gary Teperman show a lot of skill and promise.  I would love to see what he could do with a different story.

Gore-o-meter rating: 0 out of 5 (No gore)

Skin-o-meter: 1 out of 5 (Not a lot of skin)