C Sound: C+ Extras: C- Film: C
In a step
backwards for storytelling, there has been a quiet cycle of films that use
mental illness and medication that is supposed to help as a punchline and joke,
trivializing both treatment and mental illness.
Hal Haberman and Jeremy Passmore have come up with this idea in Special (2008), which also tries to mix
in Heroes and Unbreakable with Michael Rapaport as the patient who becomes an
unlikely superhero of sorts.
the powers bring nothing but trouble, including men in black outfits connected
to the manufacturer of the product who are none too happy, but it is among the
many things not done so well here and Kafka has little to worry about. I guess two directors was a mistake,
trivializing the more serious side of everything that happens is another and
what little does work is everything we have seen before. If not for Rapaport, this would be a real
anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is weak, faint and often color-gutted
throughout, with a lack of detail that is not impressive one bit. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is more
dialogue-based that expected and though the Dolby 2.0 Stereo is weaker, they
are almost even. Extras include outtakes
and an HDNet program plugging the film.
- Nicholas Sheffo