working for the police department, the Russian mafia, the Asian mob,
Human trafficking, the sex trade and the killing of a kingpin starts
the adventure that will put a man in the middle of them all in this
feature motion picture by Director Jerry Ochoa, “Hardball: All
Balls Don’t Bounce”.
by Mr. Ochoa and Anthony Watson, “Hardball” tells the story of a
man named Hardball (played by Cilton J. Beard III) a
vigilante/assassin working under the table with the police
department to rid the city of bad guys. After killing a Russian
kingpin, Nicolai, (played by Danny Kamin) who deals with human
trafficking of women for the sex trade business, one of the women
seeks out Hardball to help them get free from the mob.
talking, members of the Asian mob who work with the Russian mafia
enter the restaurant and violence ensues and several members are
killed, including the young woman. Now, Hardball is a target and
must find out what is going on. He finds that not only are the two
gangs targeting him but the people he works with, the police
department are also involved with the Russian mafia and the Asian
Mob and are using him to kill others in order to stuff their own
wallets and bring in more girls.
Hardball is determined to help bring down this human trafficking
business and expose the culprits.
part, in Houston, Galveston, Austin and Corpus Christi, Texas
Director Jerry Ochoa did a good job in this action/adventure feature
movie. Location scouting was excellent and the audience was shown
some very photogenic areas of town. Sound was consistent throughout
the movie and it was a treat to see some care taken in foley work.
It added to the overall uniqueness of this feature. The fight
Choreography in the movie was pretty realistic and fast. WE admit
there were times where some of the fight scenes were beyond belief,
but in total it worked for this movie. They took a lot of care in
making sure that it worked for the audience as well.
camera as cinematographer, Mr. Ochoa did a great job in moving his
camera to tell the story. Camera angles were utilized and created a
visual canvass. He did a great job in framing and blocking his
shots. Cuts were smooth and seamless as should be expected.
we noticed was that there may have been more than one type of camera
being used to shoot this movie. There is a noticeable distinction
between scenes with the movie exhibiting grain for some scenes and
clarity in others. Not a huge factor in the overall viewing of this
movie, however, it is noticeable and somewhat of a distraction when
looking at the technical value of making this movie.
As well, a
factor in the production value of this movie is the use of
computer-generated explosives. Realizing that permits and insurance
may be needed for such an endeavor, the use of computer animated or
constructed explosives in this particular project made this movie
less than perfect. It looked fake and cartoonish.
All being said, it was a fun movie to watch. Some of the
scenes ran a little long and editing could have been just a little
tighter, but I think you will enjoy the technical side of this
movie. Not a bad job for Mr. Ochoa’s directorial feature debut
feature motion picture.
itself was interesting…crime, sex and adventure. The writers did a
good job in expressing the hardships of human trafficking. There is
a lot of comic relief in the movie to the extent that it came across
as campy and slapstick. Had the team, director and writer stayed
focused with the theme of the movie, it would have come across the
screen a little better and reinforced the problems of human
from the actors came across as believable. Casting was decent and
each of the selected actors/actresses complimented each other with
regard to ensemble. It was a good cast of talent for this movie.
this was a good movie and one that has given director Jerry Ochoa
the opportunity to continue making movies. We saw his last movie, a
short called “This Neighborhood” and this director is making
some outstanding projects.
yourself, pick up a copy and watch it. Support independent movie
making and help by becoming involved or becoming a producer with
rating: C47Houston gives this feature a 4.0 out of 5 on the TSIRS
was at the premiere of “Hardball: All Balls Don’t Bounce” and
we took some pictures. You can see those pictures at:
C47Houston News & Entertainment Magazine was able to grab
Director Jerry Ochoa prior to the screening of his movie and he
talked about it. You can see that video on our YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGkrP_0yd5A
Hardball: All Balls Don’t Bounce
company: Street Legal Productions
Premiere: July 30, 2011
Jerry Ochoa, Anthony Watson
Jerry Ochoa, Sophia Vassilakidis
Producers: David Lowey, Jerry T. Ochoa, Robert Ochoa, John
Schiffmayer, Robin Watson
Effect: Allan Hutton
performer: Venda D’Abato
Coordinator: Lascelles McCarthy
Beard III, Anthony Watson, Venda D'Abato, Terry Wong, Caleb Curtis, Jill
Brumer Danny Kamin Michael Roy, Ariana Allen,