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failed superhero movie

damn. i wanted this to be good. there is a lot good about it, but its destroyed by a pointless ending.

story: bored man takes part in a drug study. he thinks the drug is giving him superpowers. he may in fact just be going mad. subplot: the drug makers want to cover up the his case, by making him go away one way or another. tiny subplot that should've been explored: a love interest who doesn't speak because she has a heavy speech impediment.

so what went wrong: its an interesting enough idea. man takes drug and may or may not obtain superpowers. he gets himself into situations that may put him in jeopardy of self harm or arrest. and there may be an attempt to cover up the effects of the drug either good effects or bad. the conspiracies make him even more confused. however, the filmmakers show this maybe/maybe not superpowers by giving us conflicting views of him with powers and him without. its fairly easy to see assume he doesn't since its only him that seems to notice them especially when hes trying to show them to someone else. however, when performing "acts" he seems to have them and effect those around him. that may also be in his view only. although several instances are impossible to explain unless he did in fact have some sort've super power. those scenes are likely put there purposely to confuse the viewer. and there in lies the problem; the entire movie we are left trying to figure out what is going on and then in the end....nothing. he has no superpowers, and the drug company guys try to kill him but he won't die...despite being brutally hurt...and they just give up....what? what is that suppose to mean? he says "you can't make me stop." what? stop what? stop getting himself hurt, stop hurting other people in his disillusion state, stop refusing to get help, stop not trusting everything and everyone? what?

despite anything good the film had going for it, there are no answers to anything here. was that intentional or did someone actually think this was a good idea. i've read a lot of good reviews for this movie and i have to honestly say i think they are faked. then again there are some sound critics who have called it good (maltin is quoted on the box....of course the box also calls it 'laugh out loud funny' which it most certainly is not)

just can't recommend it despite some great potential.

Added by shawn tomorrow
6 years ago on 15 July 2012 06:35