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Too much of everything
It’s an especially fun movie from a director and cast who are clearly having a good time allowing themselves to let loose.
The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
Unless this film was a highly meta commentary on the nature of schizophrenia as shown through its film making style then it was an utter shambles. There are so many plot points that aren't properly explained and events that seem to have no purpose. It really does make you wonder why someone would throw this whole thing together.It fails to be a compelling movie on nearly every level: story, acting, directing, editing and music are all not really there and I still have no real clue as to what the goal for making this was.Overall it should just be avoided since there really is very little of note, even on a 'so bad it's good' level.
This a comedy that is not funny and a caper that is not interesting. The 83 minutes felt like twice that. The pitch for this picture is almost unimaginable--lets make a movie about a real estate deal and tell it through the the voice of an actress who is unwatchable. We'll waste the talents of great actors like Rip Torn and Jeff Bridges, and kill off a clutch of C- actors along the way. Bridges is a low-rent, charming bar owner who just wants his estranged wife, Kim Basinger to sign the divorce papers so he can refinance his bar. There is no chemistry between Basinger and Bridges, and the Hollywood version of funny southerners is as stale and terrible as ever. Just a rung or two up from the Dukes of Hazard. The hokey accents and music are unintentionally funny. The positive reviews are absolutely baffling.
A journalist, seeking an exclusive exposé visits a mysterious mental institution where he has heard of unconventional treatments for madness. At first he is made to feel unwelcome but, on meeting the head doctor, is invited on a grand tour. As he is lead around the grounds and gardens, there are few surprises with the inmates they observe. But as his tour takes him further into the asylum, these encounters become increasingly disturbing and lurid and the patients more deranged. His journey ends in the grand hall where it is revealed that the patients have overrun the place and the staff have been killed or imprisoned. The "head doctor" is their leader and styled himself on a Napolean-like dictator; he has set his sights further than just the limits of the madhouse.This bizarre Mexican surrealism reaches for the strangeness of "El Topo" and for the demented, hellish imagery of "Caligula", "The Devils" and to some extent "The Wicker Man". Unfortunately, it has not got the same quality of writing or directing as these greatly superior films. Instead it is nothing more than a psychedelic re-telling of a Gothic short-story which makes it feel too much of a gimmick. Granted, there are some heavy hitting aspects to some of the action but by that point you have been desensitised somewhat to the relentless portrayals of madness and madcappery! When the twist comes, it is hardly a surprise. Still, this passes the time and is memorable enough, if not just for the "chickens"!
Has quite a few spoilers. Read at your own risk I didn't watch this movie in quite a while but I do remember a few things that upset me in this movie. First of all when the baby (Patrik) is blown out of his mother's stomach you can clearly see that it's a doll and when the doctor holds him you see its a real baby. (Okay so that was hard to fake so it's more forgivable) but shortly before he's born you see his sister sitting there reading a book. How old is this girl? Four? A girl her age is not supposed to witness these kinds of things. And the whole spacecraft-agency thing kinda upset me because of the names they used. Such as Zeus. Call me a nerd but I know about some of NASA's history (through an audio book) and from what I recall there were no such names in their programs. And if they were able to use footage from one of the Apollo launches and get mock ups of their uniforms why couldn't they call their agency and space craft by their real names? And the fact that kids run things there is stupid and upsetting as well. Regarding his world travels, when sir John invites Patrik to join him to go around the world he asks 'other countries?' and sir john stutters and says 'yes' as if its not the most important detail. And Patrick says so easily that he agrees. How naive can this kid get? He barely knows the man and he could have abducted him. And when he gets Allen's letter and asks his father about it he just closes the door at his face. (That's why he agreed to go in the first place) But that's just insensitive. What the heck? What was that good for? (The door thing) and in the trial after the number one tenor in the world dies it's obvious that everyone is conspiring against him and lying even though they are supposed to be under oath. The only guy who's trying to help him is being shut up partially because he doesn't listen to opera. Where did this conspiracy come from? He's just a kid! What do they want from him? And one more thing. There's something weird about Patrick in general and i'm referring to his face. In the end when he's in space and the camera focuses on his face he looks like he has down syndrome because his eyes look kind of slanted like some of them do. And i'm like what? Maybe the actor has down syndrome?... But maybe that's just me. Anyway i'm sorry for the rant. I just wanted to get it out of my system and tell you guys what I think of this movie and i'm sorry this review was so long