Well Go USA Entertainment’s action-packed thriller, Your Lucky Day, written/directed by Emmy-nominated Daniel (Dan) Brown, had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in September. About: In Your Lucky Day, after a dispute over a winning lottery ticket turns into a deadly hostage situation, the witnesses must decide exactly how far they’ll go—and how much blood they’re willing to spill—for a cut of the $156 million.
Your Lucky Day is Brown’s feature film directorial debut. It is the story of a street-level drug dealer, Sterling (the late Angus Cloud, “Euphoria” TV series, The Line), who witnesses a wealthy older man win a $156 million lottery on Christmas Eve in a store. He has just been robbed in a drug deal, so he is desperate for funds. Without a real plan, he takes a chance to take the ticket/money for himself. He takes the customers and mini-mart manager hostage.
Customers Abraham (Elliot Knight, “Animal Kingdom,” “Titans” TV series, and “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare I and II” video game), his pregnant girlfriend, Ana Marlene (Jessica Garza, “The Purge,” “Six” and “Penny Dreadful: City of Angles” TV series), and manager Amir (Mousa Hussein Kraish, Superbad and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan) keep asking Sterling what his plan is, in efforts to save themselves and him, as it is obvious this is an impulse action with shots fired and people hurt. Their efforts to survive change, in turn, split up the prize pool, as each has its challenges to deal with. Every character is forced to examine their justifications for their actions.
Brown’s film has plenty of action within the mini-mart and externally when Sterling sends one character to get rid of the evidence once they determine it is best to work together. The life-or-death situation keeps spiraling as additional characters (family and otherwise) appear. One of three individuals (men in black) who get wind of the hostage situation, led by Captain Rutledge (Jason O’Mara, “The Man in the High Castle” and “The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV series), appear off duty and have their eyes set on the prize as well, making this so much more intense.
All the performers portray their characters very well, many in roles where they are allowed to shine. I know O’Mara’s great work, but Jessica Garza’s talent is fully displayed in this theatrical feature film role. I am delighted to have seen this fellow Texan’s performance and hope this leads to work in other film productions.
The original score is by award-winning indie film composer Matt Hutchinson (Tuscaloosa, Ma). The soundtrack will be released digitally, timed to the film’s theatrical release in theaters on November 10th, 2023. Seattle native and Los Angeles-based Matt Hutchinson shared these thoughts via a press release: “I’m always very inspired by the visuals I am working with,” stated Hutchinson. “I look at the color, tone, and pacing. I listen to the sonic qualities of the actors’ voices – the sound design too. These things inspire me as I begin to conceptualize and create the score. My goal is for the music to become such an integral part of the experience that the audience isn’t aware it’s there anymore. Then again, there are occasionally moments where the music takes center stage and speaks more boldly to the narrative. It’s really just storytelling. I just want to help the director realize the story in the best way possible, and Dan made that easy for me by creating such a well-crafted and compelling film.”
Additional cast: Sterling Beaumon, Spencer Garrett, and others. The film is rated R for strong violence, language throughout, and some sexual material/graphic nudity. The run time is 89 minutes.
The film has November 10th as the theatrical release, followed by the November 14th digital release.
Source: Well Go USA Entertainment