Nightfire (2020)

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What started out as a routine mission for these CIA agents soon become something grander in this short film featuring Spider-Man’s Dylan Baker.

Carter and Ross are two CIA agents tasked with going to the Ukraine to retrieve computer chips with top secret information. They head to a military prison and while they search for the chips, they find Olivietti, an Italian political prisoner whose been held captive. The duo decides not only to retrieve the chips, but help Olivetti escape the prison. When they succeed in both, Carter begins to suspect something is up when they return to Italy. When Carter’s bosses refuse to tell him, he unexpectedly decides to find out but soon learns something bigger is in store.

Directed by Brando Benneton, this short action film with a running time of 42 minutes looks like it could be a pilot for a potential action series. With a story about two CIA agents and a political prisoner crossing paths, the story is driven by the great performances of its cast. Dylan Baker, who many will know for his role of Curt Conners in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, is great as political prisoner Olivetti, who at first seems quite innocent but if you’ve seen these kind of films, there is a 50-50 chance he may not be as innocent as he perceives to be.

As for the agents, Lorenzo Pisoni is great as the conflicted and more level-headed Agent Carter, who begins to suspect something is up. As for Greg Hayden’s his Agent Ross is more hard-headed and doesn’t seen to care much for Olivetti at all. That is, until things take a turn midway through. The film then culminates in a nicely shot chase/shootout sequences that would make any action film fan proud and if that’s not enough, wait until the final moments of the film because they are quite jaw-dropping.

Nightfire is quite an exciting short film that could double as a pilot for a potential action series. Dylan Baker really drives the film as the political prisoner who comes between two agents and their mission. Excitement from beginning to end.

WFG RATING: A

An F1.8 Studios Production. Director: Brandon Benetton. Producers: Brando Benetton and Garrett Nicholson. Writers: Los Silva and Brando Benetton. Cinematography: Garrett Nicholson. Editing: Brando Benetton and Garrett Nicholson.

Cast: Dylan Baker, Lorenzo Pisoni, Greg Hayden, Bradley Stryker, Becky Ann Baker.

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