Tribeca Film Festival 2021 Review


No future, 2020.

Directed by Andrew Irvine and Mark Smoot.
Starring Catherine Keener, Charlie Heaton, Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, Austin Amelio and Jefferson White.



Will (Charlie Heaton) is a recovering drug addict with a good job, a nice home and a stable girlfriend Becca (Rosa Salazar). When an old friend Chris (Jefferson White) visits him one night to chew on the old days, a series of events are launched that will change everything.


There’s some thunderstorms from all involved in this piece played by the back character. Charlie Heaton does his best to break typos Stranger Things, while Rosa Salazar proves that there is life outside of it Alita: Battle Angel. Elsewhere among the actors are solid golden translations from Jackie Earle Haley and silly Catherine Keener.

As Clairena, she carries the burden of grief and emotional isolation in a film that deals with some difficult things. Jefferson White may have a small role to play, but it will play a key role in starting Charlie Heaton’s Will on a slippery slope. Grief saturates every scene, while betrayal is temptation, loneliness, and subconscious responsibility.

Fortunately, leaders Andrew Irvine and Mark Smoot ensure that No future is sufficiently stratified to maintain public interest. The moments seem deserved and not staged, while Catherine Keener and Charlie Heaton work hard to sell this reality. Both characters deal with the different goals of addiction and their consequences because conflicting emotions bring them together.

No future addresses the stigma and lack of trust that develops between addicts and their loved ones. The guilt of this film is concrete because past events are undermining all attempts at mediation. Jackie Earle Harley is essential when driving this point home to Will’s father Philip. Isolated from a boy who can’t offer compensation, he seeks camaraderie but is unable to feel love without guilt. It happens as emotional detachment and unrepentant bitterness toward her son.


Allegorically, No future is the story of good people who have gone bad when addiction weakens them from within. There is also a shortage of consolation because reconciled accusations destroy everything valuable. Author Mark Smoot may have formed something unbearably gloomy here, but its power No future comes through the sharp description of life that addiction defines.

Claire resonates in the hands of Catherine Keener. Something that could have been Klise, stereotypical, or one note, is far from it. His instability can hardly be masked by years of mental abuse in the hands of the addict. The fact that this addict happened to be his son has blinded him to the notion that recovery or redemption will never happen. For this reason, it is the image that is likely to contribute to the squares and column inches to the same extent.

To say so No future does not pull punches and sugar layers even less is underestimation. Bad decisions are brought home to destroy in the last frame because all chances of salvation are lost. Sucker struck the submission with a masterful wrong-direction punch, and the audiences are left on the roll with something special.

Flickering myth rating – Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★

Martin Carr

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