Too Late


35mm Presentation

First time director Dennis Hauk’s explosive debut serves as equal parts contemporary noir, LA love letter, and cinematography school.

Comprising of five, single shot scenes (each the length of a roll of 35mm film), TOO LATE follows the path of Sampson (John Hawkes), a hard boiled, never-quite-going-to-make-it private investigator intent on unweaving a tangled web of deceit, corruption and murder spanning the city of angels. Out of place and out of time, Hauck deliberately places Sampson in “oh shit” situation after “oh shit” situation as a vehicle for his tightly crafted jigsaw puzzle of a narrative.

Hauck took three years to make TOO LATE and it’s understandable when deconstructing the technical feat he and cinematographer Bill Fernandez orchestrated, especially when considering their insistence of shooting on 35mm. Every scene is a jaw-dropping joy to experience, underpinned by a Hauck’s razor sharp script and a brilliant cast that includes stunning turns from Dichen Lachman and grizzled vets Robert Forster and Jeff Fahey.

And then there’s Hawkes. Every performance he gives is required viewing but here he is especially forceful as Hauck and Fernandez give him the freedom to do what he does best: act the shit out of every scene. It’s not hyperbole to say that his turn here is mesmerizing. Note to Hollywood, let him lead.

With shoutouts to CARNIVAL OF SOULS and the Egyptian Theatre itself, Hauck wants you to know that he knows what’s up but make no bones about it, TOO LATE is a revelation and should mark the emergence of a major filmmaking talent.

Christian Parkes

Special Thanks to Vanishing Angle

Guests: Dennis Hauck In Person

Director: Dennis Hauck
Country: USA
Runtime: 107 minutes
Year: 2015


“The cinematography in this film is nothing short of amazing. We’re talking CHILDREN OF MEN, this-needs-to-be-studied-in-film-school level work.”  Ain’t It Cool News