It almost seems as if someone with ADD made this film. I mean that in a good way, director Richard Kelly. While this film is not as well done as his previous film (Donnie Darko) it is like watching cool, odd, bad, weird, etc. YouTube clips all strung together. The film will certainly engage your mind.
We begin in Texas in 2005. Suddenly there is an explosion and a mushroom shaped cloud is seen in the sky. Two nuclear warheads have been set off. Chaos ensues in the United States. World War III breaks out between Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, and North Korea. The world is hit with an oil shortage. Extremist groups begin to pop up everywhere. An election is shortly going to happen in the United States.
Next we are in Los Angeles in June 2008 and Boxer Santeros (Dwayne Johnson – Gridiron Gang, The Scorpion King) is kidnapped and left in the Nevada desert. The government now knows he has returned to California.
Our narrator, Pilot Abilene (Justin Timberlake – The Love Guru, Black Snake Moan), an injured Iraqi War veteran, sits on the Santa Monica Pier and tells us the story of Boxer Santeros. Through Santeros's life story we meet characters like Nana Mae Frost (Miranda Richardson – Spider, The Crying Game), Krysta Now (Sarah Michelle Geller – The Grudge, I Know What You Did Last Summer), Fortunio Balducci (Will Sasso – College Road Trip, Beverly Hills Ninja), Dream (Amy Poehler – Baby Mama, Blades of Glory), General Teena MacArthur (Janeane Garafolo – Ratatouille, Mystery Men), and Walter Mung (Christopher Lambert – Mortal Kombat, Highlander).
This is a huge cast as I have not even mentioned that John Laroquette, Mandy Moore, Nora Dunn, Jon Lovitz, Cheri Oteri, and Seann William Scott are also in the film. Sometimes the amount of characters, the back and forth and the story gets a little unruly.
It certainly isn't a film for the average movie goer, but I'm sure we didn't not expect that from the director of Donnie Darko. The characters are all weird and after a while you won't even care about the direction (or lack thereof) of the story. Though it is political there is no real deep meaning to it. Dark with some funny moments. It is certainly an original creative vision from an original director.
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