The narrative structure is perhaps the showiest part of the Hauk's vision for this film. Filmed in five 22-minute takes, it's a technical achievement in story-telling. The performances are so strong they carry the film forward, even in the long moments of monotony that result from a lack of cutting. But the film never drags, and it features moments of intense rush, making this an overall worthwhile watch.
There are times when a technique hastily relied upon can feel like simple gimmickry. Too Late is a really interesting movie weighed down by massive artifice. The single shot takes are merely distracting here, they detract from a relatively simple and effective core story line. It's not clever enough, or smooth enough to be what it wants to be. John Hawkes is perfect though, he alone is worth the watch.