Starring: Patrick Fugit, Shea Wigham, Shannyn Sossamon, Leslie Bibb, Tom Waits, John Hawkes, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Mark Boone Jr,
Directed By: Goran Dukic
Synopsis: A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide.
The movie is so undiscovered, to me anyway, that I only heard of it a few weeks back via a fellow blogger. It is basically a road movie set in purgatory, I think. That only explains half the crazy stuff that happens though.
The film, certainly when it came out, would have had you scratching your head at the cast wondering who most of them were. Since then, and the advent of the golden age of television, you look at the cast list and think AWESOME! Shea Wigham (Boardwalk Empire), Will Arnett (Arrested Development), John Hawkes (Deadwood), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Mark Boone Jr (Sons of Anarchy) all make appearances of varying length, as does the one and only Tom Waits.
Zia (Fugit) is ditched by his love Desiree (Bibb) so decides to, as the title of the movie suggests, cut his wrists. The next time we see him he is in a land made up of dead people, or people who have committed suicide anyway. The land itself is like a junk yard version of reality (hence why Tom Waits is probably in it!) which gives it a very washed out and depressing quality, perfect for the film. Anyway, Zia hears that his girlfriend, on discovering he killed himself, also kills herself and is now living in this land as well. He decides to try and find her. He is helped along the way by an electrocuted Russian rock star (Wigham) and a pretty hitch hiker (Sossamon).
The three travelling companions build up a good bond and encounter some interesting folk along the way. There are some surreal elements to the film which keeps it from just being another rom-com, albeit a rom-com with a difference. No, this film features a car which has a black hole underneath the passenger seat, which shows in flashbacks how each person killed themselves and has a weird cult thing going on, first with Tom Waits rag tag band of nutters, and then with Will Arnett.
It took me a while to get into the film, I think because of the bleak surroundings, but by the conclusion it had won me over. I still think it’s a totally crazy ride, and it certainly won’t be for everyone, but there is a lot to enjoy if you take the plunge.