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We Had it Coming

By Bradley Gibson | September 19, 2020

Her desperation and rage reflect experiences women have been talking about always, but have come to the fore lately in the spotlight of the #MeToo movement.  Natalie Krill starred in LGBTQ erotic romantic drama Below Her Mouth, directed by April Mullen, where she was electric, and she brings her considerable presence and skills to bear as the lead here. 

The action is mostly at night, giving the film noir sensibility that, along with close-in claustrophobic camera angles, builds the tension around Anna as she grapples with her frustration, her powerlessness, and her fear of what might happen if she did act. 

Edge-of-your-seat suspense builds through a spectrum of frightful circumstances…”

Setting a noir film murder investigation in the suburban countryside adds a creepy, horror-movie vibe. Barbeau takes full advantage of the cabin-in-the-woods ambiance, making it all the more terrifying. The pimp is a faceless primal predator, never shown full on. We never see his face. He’s massively muscled and inked. Played by retired MMA fighter Nabil Khatib, this is a man that few men could beat in a fight. His powerful physicality makes his brutalization of women all the more outrageous. Barbeau shows him to us as women see him: an inhuman, unstoppable beast. 

Erin Agostino, as the recruiter, is a woman dealing directly with the monster, and she seems to have checked out and accepted her own fate while dragging other women in to share it. 

Edge-of-your-seat suspense builds through a spectrum of frightful circumstances most women will recognize from their own experiences. We Had it Coming is a dark, gripping crime thriller with no wasted motion, stripped down to essential elements, with a fierce woman protagonist.

Header Image by @Eva-Maude TC

We Had it Coming (2020)

Directed and Written: Paul Barbeau

Starring: Natalie Krill, Alexia Fast, Erin Agostino , etc.

Movie score: 9/10

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"…no wasted motion, stripped down to essential elements, with a fierce woman protagonist."

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