RKS 2023 Film: “All the World is Sleeping”

Haven’t we all watched the plot before? Drug addiction and the destruction it causes whether it be on film, countless documentaries or even television series was it called “Intervention”. Like the DEA in the United States the genre is somewhat over exposed if not tiresome. Perhaps faced with massive drug addiction problems in North America we just fall asleep hardened by the incessant human wreckage.

Is “All the World is Sleeping” just another tiresome remake of an unpleasant reality? As the plot goes it is. But the acting has a certain grittiness to it that lifts the film above the mundane. The acting is stellar throughout. Melissa Barrera as Chama leads a solid cast. In fact it is the acting that imparts somewhat of a reality to the tiresome addiction genre. I am not stirred by the community involvement of Bold Futures in New Mexico in the making and “inspiration” for the film. A pet project does not transform the tired genre. It is the acting here that does it.

While you will not be disappointed by the film don’t look for any originality. I am not a mean and insensitive bugger but I try and call it like it is. Been there. Seen that.

Ryan Lacen has written and directed the film. You can watch the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYtBGVY5lrk . Gravitas Ventures releases the film in theatres and on digital platforms 17March2023.

RKS 2023 Film Rating 79/100.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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