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'Lowlife' Toronto After Dark 2017 Review: The bloody and the absurd collide in this gruesome yet funny crime caper

October 24, 2017Sherry Li

Lowlife knows exactly how to balance its cartoonish characters with its gritty plot. Told through several timelines, it follows a scrappy but surprisingly likeable set of characters who all unwittingly find themselves drawn into a local crime boss' dangerous sphere.

While the film starts off tense and bloody, the majority of the movie takes place during the day, with numerous comedic moments thrown in. However, despite the heart-racing and gruesome start, Lowlife takes its time to find its pacing again, slowing down almost a bit too much. Once the story picks up, however, it bustles with drama and energy, thanks to the characters — including a Mexican luchador, an ex-con with a swastika tattooed on his face, a pregnant woman and a motel owner — whose ridiculous situations are not lost on director Ryan Prows.

It all adds up to some fantastically funny scenes in between all the tension. Despite the daunting task, Lowlife manages to make some of the darkest timelines and the most dismal characters seem charming, which will undoubtedly make this film popular for those looking for something both bloody and a little bit absurd.

Lowlife is receiving its Toronto premiere at Toronto After Dark 2017.

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