For months I have been waiting with anticipation for the premiere of the new movie Dirty Bomb. Tonight I finally got my sneak peek. Dirty Bomb is a movie made in the true spirit of the no budget, indie film tradition with a budget of less than $4,000 and it was all done locally in Western Michigan.
Tonight at the Celebration Cinema North the cast signed posters and then they and a theater full of fans watched the premiere of this amazing flick. When I saw the trailer months ago I recognized many of the places that flashed by and as I watched tonight it didn’t disappoint me in putting the local scenery to good use. Part of it was shot inside and outside the industrial complex that has been converted into the artistic community at 1111 Godfry in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Other portions of the movie were shot in the indie “guerrilla” style where the crew arrives on location, shoots, and then clears out before anyone asks them if they have permission to be there. This is indie movie making at its toughest, where you have one take to make the best shot you can and retakes are just not an option.
The movie is a fast paced thriller that revolves around a super virus that bounces around from the Middle East in the early ’90s to other locales and then lands in the present time in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Liz Nolan plays the heroine, Mila, who is freed from imprisonment and tasked with preventing the explosion of a dirty bomb and with the recovery of the virus. Counterpoint to Liz is Tiffany Robinson (also co writer and co producer with Jason James) who plays the good friend gone bad that is working against Mila in conjunction with the terrorist organization and the genetic research firm.
I lost track of the mortality rate in the first five minutes, but if you like action thrillers you will enjoy Dirty Bomb where it seemed that the body count just from Liz and Tiffany was higher than the total number of cast members combined! The movie ends with more questions than answers and leaves things open for both a prequel and a sequel.
All in all it was clear that Dirty Bomb was a work of love by the cast and crew and I am looking forward to seeing where they will go from here.