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In the Defense Against Tyranny

Written by: Felix Igori Ramos |   Directed by: Felix Igori Ramos |  Genre: Political thriller

There’s no hiding who the inspiration for the leading baddie is in this film. Presidential candidate Edward Ashe (Rick Ravanello) is the definition of a silver-tongued devil, and the way he handles his supporters is nothing short of extraordinary. He tells them he’s in it for the money. He tells them Americans are the only lives that matter, and his supporters eat it up. Ashe is the guy all the women want, and all the men want to be… and he’s adamant that he would be the best United States president who has ever taken office. Undoubtedly much better than that “woman” who is running against him. Of course, just like Ashe’s real-life inspiration, nobody believes he’ll actually win… but the polls are telling a different story.

Now, politician turned journalist Frank Suarez (Randy Vasquez) is given a rare opportunity to interview Ashe just before the election, and Frank has a decision to make. Frank is far from perfect himself and has pretty much blown up his own life in favor of booze and adultery. His wife has died of cancer after finding out Frank was unfaithful, and his daughter detests him. Frank’s life is a crazy mess, but there is one thing he knows for sure. Edward Ashe can not become the next president. A man like that should never gain such power. Should Frank wait and see how the public votes? Should he put his trust in the system? Or should he take matters into his own hands?

There are times in this movie where you would be forgiven for thinking it was a large-scale production. I’m not telling anyone that In the Defense Against Tyranny doesn’t have its faults; I’m just saying that sometimes I would forget I was watching a low-budget film. I also want to mention the complexity of the plot and characters, which to me, was a great balance of depth but never too confusing to follow along with. The performances are also worth mentioning because they were pretty convincing. The cast were all treated to nuanced roles that made every character the star when onscreen. With a political thriller, the weight is on the writing and the performances, and with this film, everything checked the right box.

A political thriller that feels bigger and vastly more complex than an indie film should be is how I would describe this movie. Are there some production problems scattered throughout? Yes, but there is far more good than bad, and I enjoyed watching this independent movie. If you’ve got a craving for some political drama, then this is one to watch, even if you don’t normally watch indie movies. Thank you for reading.

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