Last Moment of Clarity
The cinematic thriller “Last Moment of Clarity,” written and directed by James and Colin Krisel in their major film debut, is a melange of Hitchcockian plot devices — “Vertigo,” particularly — assembled with assured artfulness and narrative control. We’re given what seems like a set of facts — a hapless fellow (Zach Avery, nicely understated) in the wrong place at the wrong time witnesses his girlfriend (Samara Weaving, oozing femme fatal energy) murdered by a brutal criminal cartel — but no expository explanation for how it happened. Years later, in a Paris movie house, the facts are called into question. Rather than spoon-feed and recapitulate, the brothers Krisel trust their audience to figure things out for themselves, just as the hero does. It’s a journey worth taking.