|Review by Joshua Gravel|
John is a troubled man recently released from prison that attends the funeral of an old friend and meets the now parentless teenager, Louis.
Realizing that Louis will have to sit on a bus alone for a few days to go live with his grandparents, John offers to drive.
John wants to pay off loan sharks, and hopes to acquire the envelope of cash Louis has with him.
What starts off as an awkward trip soon develops into as a crime spree as John enlists Louis’ aid in robbing gas stations and stealing cars along the way.
While John started the journey with an ulterior motive, his influence on Louis pales in comparison to how the the boy affects him.
Lost In The Sun is a well-written film and manages to tell a story that is both gritty and touching while not coming off as overly sappy. The cinematography stands out as it wonderfully captures the southwestern locales. While the acting from the leads, Josh Duhamel as John and Josh Wiggins as Louis, was particularly impressive.
Lost In The Sun is a well-paced film with strong characters that have believable motives, and even though the first half of the film builds to a reveal that is thoroughly obvious from the start it is still a very good film from a first time feature director and that deserves attention.
Although the film feels more like a product of the nineties indie film boom than the typical modern film crime, Lost In The Sun is a good crime drama and I would recommend checking it out.