| September 21, 2017

“Every day 90 people are killed by gun violence. 200 more are shot and hospitalized.”

A gripping drama about three lives irrevocably changed when a gun is accidentally fired on a busy Los Angeles street, SHOT is a visceral roller coaster ride unflinchingly exploring the consequences of gun violence in America.

SHOT begins as sound mixer Mark Newman (Noah Wyle), is pumping up the volume on a bloody shootout scene in an action film. Hours later, after an argument with his wife Phoebe (Sharon Leal), Mark is suddenly felled by a real random bullet, and lies bleeding on the pavement with a chest wound. With Phoebe desperately trying to stop the bleeding, they both agonizingly wait for an ambulance to arrive as Mark fights for his life. Meanwhile, hidden behind a fence across the street, a teenager, Miguel (Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.), watches in horror with the still smoking gun in his hand. A gun that was just handed to him by his cousin and meant to protect him against gang bullies.

From the moment the shot rings out, Kagan’s camera in real time daringly follows Mark from the street, to stretcher, to gurney, to examining table, as we watch the paramedics and medical teams in full life-saving mode. Through the imaginative use of split-screen, Kagan juxtaposes Mark’s medical crisis with Miguel’s moral one, as we simultaneously see the frightened young man wrestle with the fact that an innocent man was injured – or worse – as a direct result of his actions.

Chaos ensues as well as turmoil on both ends. Mark is wondering if he will ever walk again, and Miguel wrestles with his faith and fear of his cousin about whether he should go to the cops. Mark and his wife are forced to make amends and renew their love for one another. They struggle with this new prognosis that Mark has been issued, because of the shooting. He is, of course, tempermental and frustrated with his new lot in life.

Miguel looks for ways to deal with his guilt, as he also tries to distance himself from his cousin and protect himself against any repercussions because of his carelessness. SHOT is an amazing illustration of just what goes on in an emergency room when a gun shot victim is brought in. All of the care that must be given and all of the scenarios that must be played out are exhaustive–of course, looking at them on the screen. However, someone who has been shot is filled with despair, doubt and worry about their condition. This movie really hones down on showing the audience the devastation that gun violence in America is causing for more than just the victim and his family.

SHOT starts in limited release on Friday, September 22. For more information and to find a theater near you, visit


About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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