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MOVIE FANATIC gives ALLEGIANCE 4 out of 5 Stars

Posted by ALLEGIANCE on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, In : Reviews 


Allegiance is a thriller on many levels, but where it triumphs most is by presenting how one arrives at the harshest of decisions. As teased in the Allegiance trailer, Bow Wow is astonishingly sincere as the soldier seeking to reunite with his son. It is through his performance that the audience has a vicious internal struggle as to what should happen in this situation."
- Joel D Amos (4 out of 5 stars)

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EXAMINER.COM Reviews ALLEGIANCE

Posted by ALLEGIANCE on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, In : Reviews 


"The search for non-existent WMDs hit a fever pitch in 2004, leading to the largest deployment of National Guardsmen since World War II by George W. Bush. In "Allegiance", director Michael Conners makes his big screen debut and keeps an entertaining movie surprisingly in step…"

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ALLEGIANCE in the News!

Posted by ALLEGIANCE on Friday, January 18, 2013, In : Reviews 


"Exposing the gears of race and privilege that grind beneath the unit’s easy familiarity, Allegiance sets up a complicated dance of duty, doubt and desperation."
- Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times

Early reviews of Allegiance were hot off the presses opening day of our holiday preview screening in New York City. As tough New Yorkers we welcomed critiques from our hometown press: NY Daily News, NY Post, Village Voice





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CRAVE ONLINE Reviews ALLEGIANCE

Posted by ALLEGIANCE on Friday, January 18, 2013, In : Reviews 


"I was totally invested in Allegiance. I love when a movie creates an inherently dramatic situation and just lets it go. Sometimes plots try too hard. Allegiance just goes where the story takes it. If these sorts of movies can get seen in streaming/download platforms, that’s a great thing for the art of storytelling. "

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CINEMIT Reviews ALLEGIANCE

Posted by ALLEGIANCE on Friday, January 18, 2013, In : Reviews 


"Ultimately, Allegiance is not a bombastic, flashy movie, but one of substance and subtleties. Good acting performances elevate it above a rote military drama and instead instill it with a realism that is difficult to achieve. While it may be easy to overlook this movie, it is worth a watch."
- Katie O'Shea.

Read the review at Cinemit




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Film Journal Reviews ALLEGIANCE

Posted by ALLEGIANCE on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, In : Reviews 


"To his credit, Connors is prepared to take it from both sides: He both respects the military and is sympathetic to the "backdoor draftees," whose one-weekend-a-month, home-front obligation to the National Guard turns into 18 months of active military duty overseas. Allegiance's commitment to shades of gray translates into excellent opportunities for its cast... "
-Maitland McDonagh




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5 stars for ALLEGIANCE from Honest Reviews Corner

Posted by ALLEGIANCE on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, In : Reviews 


“Both the script and the cast’s performance made the entire film more compelling and engaging than I anticipated. In short: Allegiance is a great film.” – Brittany W.


Read the entire review at Honest Reviews Corner

PLUS: Exclusive interview with Director Michael Connors at Honest Reviews Corner




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Austinist Reviews ALLEGIANCE

Posted by ALLEGIANCE on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, In : Reviews 




"Writer/director Michael Connors, expanding on the short he made back in 2006, chooses to give the film a gritty and washed-out look resembling real combat footage. The performances are strong—especially Bow Wow, who does a surprisingly good job helping us forget he’s a rapper that shot this right before going on tour with Snoop Dogg. The plot is tightly structured and moves quickly, ratcheting up the tension thanks in no small part to a very intense score. Also, the film never leaves the...

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True View Reviews ALLEGIANCE

Posted by ALLEGIANCE on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, In : Reviews 




"The cast all deliver great performances. I highly recommend keeping an eye out for this film..."
- Mark Saldana

Read the entire review of ALLEGIANCE at True View Reviews

A day before the start of the 2012 Austin Film Festival and Conference, Mark Saldana of True Reviews interviewed Michael Connors, the writer/director of the movie Allegiance, which is was an Official Selection at this year’s festival.
 
"if Allegiance is indicative of the quality of movies to expect from Michael Connors, we sh...

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Film Comment Reviews SIFF 2012

Posted by ALLEGIANCE on Monday, October 8, 2012, In : Reviews 


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"Connors builds tension through potent claustrophobia: action takes place in a grim, freedom-mocking walled compound, entirely among men trained in—but not completely indoctrinated by—self-sacrificial military morality, and with a morning deployment just hours away..."
-Eric Hynes


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Filmmaker Magazine Reviews Seattle Film Fest

Posted by ALLEGIANCE on Monday, October 8, 2012, In : Reviews 

"The able ensemble includes Aidan Quinn, Malik Yoba and Bow Wow and the film does a pretty outstanding job of applying the genre codes of the prison break movie to the context of a typical American deployment to war. Connors, who like his producer Sean Mullin is an ex-Army grunt, infuses the entire project with a heady verisimilitude..."

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Reviews for Michael Connors first feature at SIFF

Posted by ALLEGIANCE on Sunday, October 7, 2012, In : Reviews 


"This drama about a privileged National Guard lieutenant (Seth Gabel) and a possible AWOL by one of his fellow soldiers (Shad “Bow Wow” Moss) just tells its simple, involving story in a simple, involving fashion."
- Tony Kay



"...the movie feels a lot more like a “natural” story. It deals with an impossible scenario, too, making it exponentially more thrilling."
- Jordan Magrath



"My fellow 2012 Seattle International Film Festival audience members agreed that this was far better than the ...
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