What happens when you are shot and get to live through the trauma? This is the topic of Jeremy Kagan's latest film, "Shot" in which he casts Noah Wyle and Mark, the guy who gets shot.


Mark is a video editor and is in the middle of a breakup with his wife Phoebe (Sharon Leal). What they don't know is a young boy named Miguel - who has been bullied by the neighborhood kids - has just been given a loaded gun for protection. But he relly doen't know what he's doing with a gun and it discharges. Thestray bullet it Mark and down he goes.

While Phoebe frantically tends to her soon to be ex-husband, Miguel is frantically trying to distance himself from the gun before the police find out. Meanwhile, Mark is in shock, not sure of the extent of his injury, save for the fact he cannot get up.


The film provides a realistic depiction of a shooting from the victims point of view and a fairly interesting take on what the accidental shooter is going through. We get the victim from the shooting to the hospital ER to physical rehab to post recovery. We get the shooter as he avoids legal issues and struggles with his guilt.


The role of Phoebe was poorly developed with her winding up mostly a piece of the films scenery while Mark and Miguel are fully developed. The EMT scenes are interesting, especially with Malcolm Jamal Warner as one of the EMTs. The attending doctor played by Xander Berkeley was adequate with a matter of fact demeanor and no heavy overacting.


The film avoids the peachy "Guns are bad" in favor of a end of film call to action. It even allows Mark a chance to enact revenge near the end.


"Shot" is a decent, well thought out drama depicting the "What if?" of handguns. While there could have been a bit more emoting, most of the actors fulfill their roles well.   -- GEOFF BURTON