The Dunning Man – An Original, Entertaining Thriller

The Dunning Man – An Original, Entertaining Thriller

In a world where so many movies seem to mimic each other, I was excited to recently check out The Dunning Man, a movie that has already been garnering a ton of recognition at film festivals.

Having grown up in New Jersey- and being a big fan of Atlantic City- I was immediately drawn into the movie due to the setting.

The movie is billed in the following way: “From the first frames of Michael Clayton’s The Dunning Man, you know you’re in for a ride and a half. Connor Ryan (James Carpinello), out of a job and dumped by his girlfriend, returns to Atlantic City to try to rebuild his life with the last source of income that he has – a few apartments in a low-rise condo complex that sits in the shadows of A.C.’s newest and most expensive casino. Unfortunately, Connor’s tenants don’t want to pay him. In order to get his money, Connor has to take on a pair of Chechen animal trainers with underworld ties, a rap star who parties so hard the neighbors can’t sleep, and a struggling single mother who steals his heart. Spectacular dialogue flows freely in Clayton’s adaptation of producer Kevin Fortuna’s original short story, eliciting plenty of laughs, as well as truly genuine moments of humanity—leading to an explosive and disarmingly funny experience that will have you reflecting for days.” 

Having now seen the movie, I can definitely tell you that it takes you on a thrilling ride that commands your attention from the first second until the last.

Without giving anything about the plot away- as I certainly want you to enjoy it as much as I did- here are some of the things that stood out to me:

  • The incorporation of vintage footage from Atlantic City was particularly neat to see, especially when it paralleled with the modern day AC setting.
  • Carpinello’s acting was on point the entire movie, and he absolutely was believable as someone who had grown up in the area, moved out, and returned.
  • The original nature of the story.

If you get a chance to check out The Dunning Man, I would highly recommend it. It’s a wild ride and, if you’re a fan of original movies, this is one entertaining thriller you won’t want to miss.

Also, be sure to check out Fortuna’s book The Dunning Man currently on sale for $0.99 as an E-book at Barnes and Noble here.

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