Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, writer/director Rian Johnson takes the spirit of hard-boiled noir mysteries somewhere new—modern-day Southern California. Student Brendan Frye (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mysterious Skin) is smarter than everyone else, but he's happy to be an outsider until his ex-girlfriend Emily (Emilie de Ravin) vanishes. That's when Brendan enlists the help of The Brain (Matt O'Leary) and non-student The Pin (Lukas Haas) in what soon becomes a dangerous investigation into the truth about what happened to Emily.

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Director: Rian Johnson

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Nora Zehetner, Noah Segan, Noah Fleiss, Emilie de Ravin, Meagan Good

MPAA Rating: R

Run Time: 1hr 50mins

Release Year: 2005

Country Of Origin: USA