I have trouble watching a lot of micro-budget movies. In most cases their shoestring budget is over compensated with excessively animated performances and hand-held camera work that creates a far cheaper look than was intended. I just finished watching City Of Vendettas and it does the complete opposite. The two most important things here are script and performance. Josh Whittall has written a smart and sassy little crime flick that follows the investigation of 5 murders, one of which involves a cop. The detective in charge of the investigation has various demons to deal with and his newly appointed partner has a vested interest in one of the murders. All of the actors are really good and deliver their noirish dialogue convincingly. Whittall has shot this little movie respectfully. While a lot of the camera work is hand held, its kept still and most of the shots are framed as though it was a big budget production. The violence is impressive and the make-up and special fx are brilliant for a micro-budget venture. The movie's opening sequence is great and the movie on a whole is sharp and snappy. No shot lingers here. However, two criticisms I have about City Of Vendettas are that, firstly, some of the night scenes are grainy and lessen the overall lacquered look of it and, secondly, it's running time is too long at just over 100 mins (I don't think micro-budget movies can afford to go over 80 minutes if they want to keep their audience seated). But those are small qualms. This is how micro-movies are made!!!