"Boris and the Bomb" is a colorful new addition to Indie Rights Movies innovative and ever-increasing catalogue of independent films & documentaries. Indie Rights Movies does the important work of producing and distributing small budget projects created by independent filmmakers. Their feature library is my number one go-to source when seeking out new indie-film options. 'Boris and the Bomb' is an unconventional, offbeat "chase-film". The quirky tongue-in-cheek action comedy will further enhance Indie Rights rich variety of brilliant film selections and is well worth the watch. It collectively takes an enormous amount of hard work, high risk, headaches and heartbreak to layer together a feature film on any size budget. It is plain to see that Writer and Director team, David P. Kronmiller and Jennifer Emily McLean poured their hearts into bringing Boris’ engaging and heartwarming story to life. This eco-budgeted, crowdsource funded, passion project packs a lot of punch in its nearly two hour run time. Described as a nuclear fairy-tale, ‘Boris and the Bomb’ is a comeback story of missed connections, enormous mistakes, diffused romances, and the gift of second chances, reminding us that our short comings can truly be our greatest opportunities.
Spanning across two decades, Boris’ odyssey to disarm a nearly defunct nuclear bomb reunites him with a past he’d rather leave behind and the future he cannot escape. Each action-packed moment is a countdown to the next series of explosive revelations. The vast and complex cast of characters we meet along the way are interconnected through a web of shocking secrets and unshakable loyalties, upending our perception of the traditional nuclear family. Forgotten friendships pick up where they left off, romances are restored, and friends become foes as the dormant secrets they harbor are unearthed and detonated.
The cleverly written story of Boris and his bomb is artfully brought to life through the hard work and collaborative effort of the film makers, producers, and the exceptionally talented cast and crew. The title role of Boris is brilliantly performed by the very talented J. Anthony McCarthy. His portrayal of Boris is both charming and infectious. The natural chemistry between Boris and his apprehensive Yuber driver, Jimmy (Steve Sabo) is a comical highlight throughout the film. The easy banter between the duo is infectious and audiences will find themselves quoting some of their lines as lifelong adages.
Kavi Ladnier is absolutely stunning in the role of Maya, a former spy who will stop at nothing to hide her past and protect her daughter, Lilly (Leela Ladnier). The on and off-screen mother-daughter duo deliver a powerful, emotional performance that is captivating and leaves you craving more. They share the screen with far to enormous a cast to list, but you are sure to find several familiar faces and plenty of funny pop culture moments that we can all relate to.
Boris is more than our narrator and hero; he also serves as our cautionary lesson that taking safety in solitude can only last for so long. Eventually we will naturally gravitate to our own nuclear group. Our own self-made bomb squad. Boris delivers on his promise “Is complicated story, but is mine and is yours.” And yes indeed Boris, it is a good one.