by KEVIN THOMAS , TIMES STAFF WRITER
Friday October 18, 1996
Writer-director Keoni Waxman's nifty "I Shot a Man in Vegas" is one of those little low-budget pictures that seem to come out of nowhere. Many are better left in obscurity, but this taut psychological drama packs one surprise after another. Storytelling with a camera seems to come naturally for Waxman, who matches an easy visual flair with an equally effective way with actors and dialogue.
Before the credits have finished unrolling, a young man,
The four survivors now find themselves in Grant's gleaming
Waxman has chosen well his cameraman Steven Finestone, endlessly resourceful and dynamic yet fluid, and his composer Shark, whose spare, mood-setting score is superior to many in far more expensive movies. Since the film (which was shot in 1993 but bears a 1995 copyright date), Garofolo has become a big name, yet as good as she is, as the most levelheaded of the group, she blends into a highly effective ensemble. "I Shot a Man in Vegas" is all the more gratifying for having arrived a completely unknown quantity.
Lakeshore Entertainment/Arrow Releasing
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