Delivered (2011)

US / 89 minutes / color / Nelson Madison, Indie Rights Dir: Michael Madison Pr: Linda Nelson Scr: Branson Manbeck Story: Linda Nelson, Michael Madison Cine: Ricky Fosheim Cast: Michael Madison, Jeanette Steiner, Toshi Toda, Alana Stewart, Chic Daniel, Ludwig Manukian, Robert Rusler, Kenny Lombino, Tadamori Yagi, Brian McGuire, David Wolf Perez, Brendon Walsh.

Fighting in Fallujah, US soldier Shane Green (Madison) would have died had it not been for the heroism of his CO, Jack Roberts (Daniel). Back in the US, Shane slowly recuperates under the care of his mom, Marilyn (Stewart); during his absence in Iraq the family home has been foreclosed on, and Marilyn has been reduced to renting an apartment for them in a crap neighborhood of LA. Shane coasts awhile, rejoicing in the fact that his mother has preserved for him his dad’s 1967 Mustang . . .

Delivered 2011

The Mojave Desert is the real star of Delivered (2011).

We see a couple of examples of Shane having difficulty working through his PTSD—he beats the shit out of an old friend insistent upon hearing Shane’s war stories, and in a very funny sequence a casual burglar discovers the hard way that robbing the home of an Iraq vet is a bad move—before Shane decides it might be a good idea to get a job. A friend suggests he ask the friend’s uncle, Sarkis (Manukian), to employ him as a courier. At first Shane refuses on discovering it’s a condition of employment that he carry a gun; when he finds out that Marilyn is trying to hold down two jobs and is still months behind with the rent, he swallows his pride.

It’s pretty obvious to Shane that his courier tasks are on the wrong side of the law (shades of Le TRANSPORTEUR [2002; vt The Transporter]), but they seem harmless until one day Continue reading