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Nowhere Man (2003)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Main Program: D



Sometimes a work comes along that is so bad, that it is jaw dropping in its terribleness.  Tim McCann had directed two previous features with critical raves, so why Nowhere Man (2003) is so awful is beyond explanation.  Were his previous films that good?  Regardless, this videotaped feature cannot decide if it is a drama or comedy, has awful, overdone street dialogue (and obscenities that quickly become a spoof of themselves for all the wrong reasons) and shrill performances throughout that could make you care less about anyone here.  This is the furthest thing from Film Noir imaginable to boot.


The story that is here somewhere is about a man who has his sex organ cut off.  If the title was trying to conjure up Paul Verhoeven’s remarkable The Fourth Man (1979), forget it.  Instead, it owes much more to the bankruptcy of anything remotely human represented by the insanity Lorraine and John Bobbitt, though this is not about that or has any idea of how to put sexuality on screen properly.  The hiring of actual XXX star is only admission of this.  The cutter is a former female XXX star and the dysfunction of this tale goes far beyond its characters.  Nowhere Man is one of the most appropriately titled DVD releases in years, summing up where it ultimately takes its audience.  Even Lloyd Kaufmann’s cameo cannot save it and its conclusion is beyond absurd.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is poorly tapes, has terrible detail, smears all the time and is a wreck.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds and is surprisingly lame for a recent taping, with forgettable music throughout.  Extras include a commentary by McCann and female lead Debbie Rochon, four text biographies and five trailers for First Run titles including this one.  Get the Verhoeven film instead.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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