Actor and producer Mike Hatton (Green Book) collaborated with director/writer Christian Sesma in the 2016 Vigilante Diaries, and now the pair are back with Paydirt, an action suspenser headlined by Luke Goss and Val Kilmer. Even with an indie budget, Hatton and Sesma were able to craft a feature that has a refreshingly meaty narrative that does not solely rely on blood and bullets.
Damien Brooks (Luke Goss) has just been released from prison, and he has reunited with his old crew (Mike Hatton, Paul Sloan, Veronika Bozeman, Murielle Telio) to dig up the buried cash they stole five years ago from a DEA bust that went sideways. Val Kilmer is the former lawman who is hot on Damien’s trail, even if his actions put him in harm’s way (Mercedes Kilmer in a perfectly suited role, plays his daughter).
I honestly thought Paydirt would be a mindless action film filled with guilt free violence, and if done well there is nothing wrong with purely escapist fare. The film was definitely enjoyable (it’s great to see Kilmer back in action), and seeing Goss play a different type of antihero was fun to watch. Hatton, who plays the brains of the operation, also has his share of scene stealing moments.
Check out my interview with Hatton (featured at the top of the post), as he talks about working once again with director Christian Sesma, why he loves producing, and getting the chance to collaborate with Val Kilmer.