Ed Allenby, Sophie Juge, Lisa Depuis WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
Emre Oran MPAA RATING
NR RUNNING TIME
84 Mins. DISTRIBUTED BY
Independent OFFICIAL IMDB
Movie Review: Johnny Twoshoes
In Emre Oran's Johnny Twoshoes, James (Ed Allenby) is a seemingly ordinary chap in a relationship with Ashleigh Robson's Hayley, though when his behavior becomes a bit suspicious she hires Bridgette (Sophie Juge) to check things out. They both quickly learn that James, under a different name, has been in a relationship with Bridgette. With the help of Mike Coleman's Mike, they all learn that James has a condition that causes dissociative-type personality shifts all of which result in an entirely different person. Determined to figure things out, Hayley and Sophie are quickly drawn into a world of unsavory characters, crime, kidnapping, and much more.
Johnny Twoshoes is an engaging and entertaining crime dramedy, a building mystery that becomes increasingly complex as more and more personalities are revealed and, well, more and more relationships show up as well. This leads to increasingly complicated situations brought convincingly to life by Allenby's James and responded to convincingly by both Hayley and Bridgette and everyone else who ends up entering the scenario.
Allenby is terrific here in bringing out the multiple layers of James without ever allowing him to become a caricature. Both Robson and Juge shine along with Lisa Depuis as Annabel, a mysterious and menacing criminal who adds a definite spark to Oran's storytelling. As Dr. Lister, Wesley Lloyd is also a gem.
Jonathan McKinney's original music nicely companions the film's many moods and lensing by Ariel Artur is inventive and in keeping with thefilm's moments of comedy and drama and mystery.
Johnny Twoshoes is a fun little indie mystery, a UK-set motion picture with sharp Brit dialogue and the perfect weaving together of comedy and drama and many of those things we live about British cinema.