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20  Mar
The Critics Speak

“Paul Krik’s stylish, darkly comic conspiracy thriller takes its title
from a classified military program alleged to have identified four 9/11
hijackers prior to the terrorist attacks, and borrows its gleaming B&W
look from THE MALTESE FALCON. The film is gorgeously photographed,
briskly paced and strikingly handsome despite an indie-sized budget.”
Ken Fox

“Surprisingly entertaining zero-budget film noir
that effectively mixes pseudo-Hitchcockian theatrics with a hefty dose
of contemporary lefty paranoia.”
*Critics Pick*
Sara Cardace

“Krik uses flashes of dark comedy, an affection for the film noir genre
and the perfect eyebrow-half-cocked attitude towards his subject matter
to create a fast-paced and entertaining story… With its
black-and-white cinematography and visual imagination (the film mixes in
color dream sequences and text-overwritten surveillance footage)…
Krik’s low-fi riff on the conspiracy thriller has a charm all its own”
Scott Macaulay

“Knocks along with the steady heartbeat pace of a thriller and is
painted in the languid, low-contrast shadows of a noir. Well Made Film.”
Michele Orange

“Able Danger is a slick debut feature…. An update of The Parallax
View… A cinematic x-ray of paranoid mindset… In the long shadow of
noir pastiche, complete with a femme-fatale turn by Elina Löwensohn”

“NOIR ON ACID. A paranoid fantasy of geek superheroics. Like-minded
theorists may ascend from their basements to rally.”
Jeannette Catsoulis

“Without question, Able Danger is an incredible film that mind-bendingly
combines dark comedy, drama, and intrigue into a neo-noir pastiche
that is all it’s own.

And while the story itself is engaging in it’s ability to interweave
contemporary plot lines with factual data and tried-and-true moments
of chicanery, Able Danger is so well shot that all that good stuff has to
take a back seat. Produced on an indie film budget, writer/director/editor\
Paul Krik seamlessly blends palettes between panoramic vistas of
New York City, claustrophobic moments of up-close intensity, and
heart-beating bike vs. Suburban chases that would make any one
of your hipster conspiracy-theorist friends proud.”
Fairley Elliot

“Krik references film noir, rustling up some heavies and hardboiled
patter here and there. Ironically, the connection is intriguing, given
the wartime stew of anxieties that originally fostered the movies that
came to be known as noir; Krik¹s two main riffstones come from either
end of the lineage, The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Kiss Me Deadly
Nicolas Rapoid

“Mildly surreal, mostly black-and-white homage to film noir, set in the
built-in ironic enclave of hipster Brooklyn. Able Danger is a smart and
all-too-conceivable conspiracy thriller that raises serious questions in
less-than-serious ways. Do we really think we know the entire truth
behind 9/11? If so, the movie shows a bridge it might want to sell
Frank Lovece

“Paul Krik¹s low-budget indie thriller Able Danger is nicely shot in
tinted b&w hi-def video, slickly mixed, scored and edited almost to the
point of being indistinguishable from this or that Bruckheimer TV show.
And Krik is a keen film student: Many of the film¹s images recall
Welles, Lang, Fuller, Mann, Kubrick, Frankenheimer­ you name it.”
Steven Boone

“Shot in a high contrast black-and-white that milks maximum atmospheric
effect out of its wide, busy compositions and chiaroscuro lighting…”
Brandon Harris

“Shot in black and white and reminiscent of classic ’30s noir films,
Able Danger tracks a Brooklyn bookstore owner (based on the owner of Vox
Pop) and a European femme fatal over bridges and on bikes in the
dangerous search for 9/11 truth.”
Robyn Hillman-Harrigan

Stu VanAirsdale

“Paul Krik’s 9/11-noir Able Danger is a nifty, paranoiac piece of work, a kind
of Maltese Falcon meets JFK rendered in startling monochrome that defies
the far more complicated scenario faced by its protagonist: Adam Nee
plays a Brooklyn bookshop staffer and renowned conspiracy theorist
chipping away at the German connection to the 9/11 terrorists. A mysterious
femme fatale (Elina Löwensohn) drops in from nowhere, exposing the writer
and his colleagues to secret agents, counteragents and all the deadly
cloak-and-dagger mischief they imply. Krik’s deft chemistry of density,
humor and style are all the more admirable for the microbudget that
enabled them; even if you don’t understand a lick of it (and we can’t
say we’ve quite caught up ourselves), we think you’ll appreciate the
opportunity to give it a try.”
Stu VanAirsdale
“Since film noir’s shadowy dread reflected a genuine post-World War II
existential unease, it makes some sense that a movie about post-9/11
conspiracy theorists would boast a faux-noir style [and] Löwensohn’s
deadpan retro allure brings chiaroscuro authenticity”
Robert Abele

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