Set in Washington, D.C., in 1935, this low-budget period drama concerns an incorrigible safecracker who, after getting arrested, is offered a deal to work with a navy spy to decipher a system of codes that the Japanese are using to relay messages to their homeland. First-time feature directors Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm establish a claustrophobic vintage noir atmosphere, and the set design is abundant with striking period detail. Towards the film’s conclusion, several plot twists abruptly swing the story in a different direction, and it’s executed more credibly than many well-endowed Hollywood films of late. Lee Perkins is appropriately enigmatic as the cold, withdrawn spy with a troubled past; Donal Thoms-Cappello plays the thief.
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