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Hope Is For The Weak (11/16/2007)

released: Nov 16, 2007

description: Three thugs haul Mr. Corporal into the street and ask if he has any last words before shooting him execution style. They throw his body into the back of their car and drive off, never realizing that the man's daughter has witnessed the entire thing. The girl, Hope, wanders the streets and eventually hides in an alley, where she is soon discovered by Jimmy Gillespie. He takes her to the shelter with him.

Hope is surly with Jimmy and the people she meets at the shelter, telling them they couldn't possibly understand her situation. Jimmy informs her that she is wrong, and relays the story of his father's violent death. Hope asks for his help in finding her father's killers and extracting revenge. Through her story, Jimmy gleams that the mob must be responsible for Mr. Corporal's murder, and therefore Mr. Big is probably the one who called the hit -- Jimmy knows something about the mob, as he was formerly a member of a rival one.

Jimmy takes Hope to visit Jason, a notorious mob snitch. With some sweet talking and bargaining, Jason reveals the location of Mr. Big and his three thugs. Hope wants to go resolve the situation immediately, but Jimmy tells her she must arm herself first, and teaches her to shoot.

Meanwhile, at his restaurant, Mr. Big rails at Big Louie, Big Tony, and Big Marcellus for burying their victims in marked graves. He takes his rage out on a waiter, and swears anyone will rue the day they crossed him.

Having successfully completed her training, Jimmy and Hope set off to the restaurant. Hope sneaks in, and discovers that the three thugs have kidnapped Lizzie, the woman who runs the shelter. Hope waits until the three split up, and picks them off one by one. She then frees Lizzie and sets off to settle the score with Mr. Big.

Hope approaches the man who ordered her father's death, and her emotions get the best of her. She misses with all her shots, despite Mr. Big's running scared. Seeing that Hope is now helpless, Mr. Big pulls out a machine gun of his own. Hope seems to be lost, when Jimmy dives in front of Mr. Big's shots. As he falls, he instructs Hope to take his gun. She does so, and finally succeeds in taking down Mr. Big -- with the help of all the shopkeepers of the town, who have grown sick of being Mr. Big's victims.

Hope kneels next to Jimmy, who tells her the cycle of violence must stop with her. Hope promises that it will. As soon as he has heard her promise, Jimmy dies. Thanks to the ineptitude of the thugs, she easily finds her father's grave, where she tells him she settled the score before joining Jason, who was waiting for her.

cast & crew:

Directed by . . . Jason Chin
 
Big Louie . . . Colleen Breen
Big Marcellus . . . Roger Payton
Big Tony . . . Adal Rifai
Boy With Yo-Yo . . . Michael Johnson
Hope Corporal . . . Mel Evans
Jason . . . Michael Johnson
Jimmy Gillespie . . . Sean Kelley
Lizzie . . . Kristen Studard
Man in Alley . . . Rob White
Mr. Big . . . Jorin Garguilo
Mr. Corporal . . . Rob White
Mr. Gillespie . . . Roger Payton
Mrs. Gillespie . . . Kristen Studard
Shopkeeper #1 . . . Adal Rifai
Shopkeeper #2 . . . Amy Verdon
Shopkeeper #3 . . . Colleen Breen
Shopkeeper #4 . . . Jorin Garguilo
Shopkeeper #5 . . . Kristen Studard
Shopkeeper #6 . . . Michael Johnson
Shopkeeper #7 . . . Rob White
Shopkeeper #8 . . . Roger Payton
Waiter #1 . . . Michael Johnson
Waiter #2 . . . Michael Johnson
Woman in Alley . . . Kristen Studard

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