Friday, October 4, 2013
by Jesse Crawfis
Approaching Midnight, which just held its World Premiere at the Emagine Royal Oak as a charity benefit for the American Legion is a spellbinding character drama pushed forward with effective and calculated action. Brilliant direction, musical score and cinematography are woven into one amazing film from Detroit native,Emmy nominee Sam Logan Khaleghi.
In the film, Khaleghi plays Staff Sergeant Wesley Kent, an endearing,quiet character who still shows great strength in a very silent James Bond/Bruce Wayne like way. Jana Kramer plays Aspen Malverne, an elegant first love from Kent’s past. The film opens in a smart and intelligently written flashback sequence where Khaleghi’s shares screen time with co-star Jana Kramer (2012 Academy of Country Music Award Nominee who is currently on tour with Blake Shelton).
Kramer’s performance alongside Khaleghi is the perfect blend of Nicholas Sparks-like romance, which should keep her country music fans satisfied. Jana Kramer makes her reel in Approaching Midnight and it is to the credit of Sam Logan Khaleghi’s superior directing. Not to forget mentioning, in a behind the scenes video Kramer mentions herself that Khaleghi is the best director she’s ever worked with.
After the flashback sequence, stylized editing transitions us to Walter Reed Hospital where Kent’s character awakes and is treated for injuries sustained in during a battle in Afghanistan. His memories of being in the field take us to a well crafted, pulse pounding, exciting action sequence that is filled with everything and action sequence should have: gunfire and fast trucks alongside excellent character development and sharp dialogue.