Mason does a good job straddling the line between the gritty indie style he’s become known for, and mainstream marketability. Fans of his previous work will not be disappointed, yet casual viewers are not left feeling alienated. The characters are all interesting, and easy to relate to. The story is smart, and compelling, yet easy to follow, and the ending is both satisfying, and unexpected. Adam Mason stepped outside of his comfort level with this film, proving that he’s not a one-trick pony. With Andrew Howard’s career building steam, perhaps a much deserved theatrical release will be given to “Luster” in the year to come.