Movies In Focus is very good friends with director Brett A. Hart, the man behind the wonderful thriller Bone Dry. In fact, we became friends after I reached out for an interview after being so impressed by the film back in 2007.
The film is effectively a two-hander between star Lance Henriksen and Luke Goss, and they both acquit themselves well by delivering great performances. Henriksen in particular is the stand-out, offering-up gritty gravitas as the mystery man with a grudge. Luke Goss manages to evoke a lot of audience sympathy and you’ll be rooting for him as he is hunted down and put through his paces by Henriksen. How many films can truly capture your attention with most of its running time featuring just two men on screen? Hart shows how you deliver a gut punch of a low budget film. You embrace the elements and use good actors to make sure that you don’t need $100 million to make something entertaining.
A well made and taut thriller, Brett A. Hart makes some great creative choices here. The highlight of Bone Dry must surely be when Goss is stripped naked and tied to a giant cactus tree beneath the baking midday sun. He must find a way to escape, and we watch as he torturously tries to climb to the top of his prickly prison. This is old-school exploitation cinema at its finest and you can tell that Hart and co-writer Jeff O’Brien have a passion and knowledge of classic genre movies.