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Juncture (2007) is an interesting and provocative drama that centers around Anna Carter (Christine Blackport). In her 20's, she is executive director of the Lamont Foundation, a philanthropic organization. Anna has a terminal brain tumor, and has just a few months to live. With an extremely short term perspective, she has decided that the best way to "help", is to kill those that perpetrate crimes.
Anna's job takes her to various places across the country. Often travelling on a private jet, she apparently is able to bring firearms with her. While in town on business, she also squeezes in time for some vigilante justice, after having carefully researched the case, and concluding that her victim deserves to die. Whether by violence or other means, Anna has the will and resolve to see that "justice" is done. Her actions separate her from society, and the drive to complete her mission, affects her closest personal relationships.
It might be fair to assume that before the tumor changed her life, Anna was something of a do-gooder. If so, it is clear is that this is no longer the case. She has chosen a dangerous course of action, and is determined to see it through. Violence is part of her past, as her family was killed in a home invasion. Orphaned, she was rescued by Jonathan Lamont (John Hutton), and later joined his foundation. Romance comes into her life in the form of Dr. Michael Reese (Bill LeVasseur), but mere love won't keep Anna from continuing her mission, keeping her activities secret from her best friend Chloe (Elizabeth Rose) and her mentor Jonathan, as the pain in her head continues to increase. When she stumbles, and the law closes in on her, events take some unexpected turns, that sends Anna on a very personal mission.
Director James Seale had positive experiences shooting his previous film Throttle (2005) in Denver. Much of Juncture is also shot in Denver, and features many local actors, including star Christine Blackport, who makes her feature film debut. Blackport is far from an action hero type, but manages to bring some toughness to the role. Juncture is pretty dark, and remains uncompromisingly so, as the character Anna Carter, isn't sweetened to be more likeable. The vigilante thing may not be too believable, but Anna's imperfections help to make the character more real, as she botches up an attempt to send a priest to meet his maker, and her careless with another victim almost costs her life.
The film features a fairly comprehensive making of featurette, and an informative and fun commentary track with director Searle, producer Kevin Duncan, director of photography Richard Lerner, and a very enthusiastic Christine Blackport. Lots of fun facts are revealed, as quite a lot was accomplished on a modest budget.
Juncture is more of a tale of suspense, and examination of morality, rather than a shoot em up. There are some issues with story, which certainly could have been tighter, but it mostly holds your interest. The action scenes, while not always plausible, are mostly well done. If the subject of vigilantism tickles your fancy, you may want to take a look.