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John Dies at the End 2012 R CC

A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion?

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Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Comedy, Horror
Director Don Coscarelli
Starring Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes
Supporting actors Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman, Doug Jones, Daniel Roebuck, Fabianne Therese, Jonny Weston, Jimmy Wong, Tai Bennett, Allison Weissman, Ethan Erickson, Kevin Michael Richardson, Riley Rose Critchlow, Pat McNeely, Angus Scrimm, Brett Wagner, Bark Lee, Helena Mehalis
Studio M3 Alliance
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Elizabeth Sawyer on December 28, 2012
Format: Amazon Video
This movie is losing a star because of how poorly adapted it was. We all know that adaptations are iffy and even hardcore fans of something will accept before viewing that a movie will leave parts out, some of those parts their favorites. But many very important character developments were left out as well as very chilling and mind-blowing elements. The first hour was a wonderful experience, even with the few minor changes. The last half hour was rushed and confusing, jumbling up several sub plots in a very lazy way.

~THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. SPOILERS WILL BE MARKED WITH A STAR~

I'll start out with the PROS:

-Great casting, great acting. Dave and John were portrayed just as they should have been and Chase Williamson's facial expressions and line delivery were especially good. John was just as ridiculous as he should have been and his whole demeanor was very "book John". Doug Jones is one of my favorites and I loved that he was Robert North (changed to "Roger" in the film for some reason). I love Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti in general but Paul Giamatti was a perfect Arnie. Also, Tai Bennett as Robert Marley was AMAZING. Dude deserves serious props for his delivery of "the speech" to Dave. That guy needs to be cast in EVERYTHING. It's very clear to me that many of the actors read the book and studied their characters carefully. The Justin White, The Shelly and Detective Appleton were all very good too. Overall, the acting in this film was really, really good and I have zero gripes with the talent.

-The special effects were at times a little campy (towards the end of the film, maybe the budget was getting tight) but that didn't take away from the experience.
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Format: DVD
"John Dies at the End" is based on the novel by David Wong (a pseudonym for author Jason Pargin). It's director Don Coscarelli's ("Phantasm," "Bubba Ho-Tep") first feature film in ten years. The horror comedy did make the rounds at certain film festivals in 2012, but is getting a limited theatrical run in certain markets in 2013 and is already available on demand. If you've never read Wong's novel, you don't really know what you're getting yourself into. Reception thus far has been mostly negative labeling the film as incredibly bizarre without much of a payoff, but that isn't entirely accurate. Speaking as someone who's a stickler for solid writing in cinema, this is a rare instance where a film can still be pretty enjoyable without everything making sense.

Dave (Chase Williamson) is sitting in a dimly lit Chinese restaurant telling his unbelievable story to a reporter named Arnie (Paul Giamatti) and it's a doozy. After Dave is able to analyze everything about the change in Arnie's pocket without seeing it and knowing every detail of the dream Arnie had the night before without Arnie even bringing it up, Arnie is eventually able to come to the realization that this is no normal story. When Dave was still in high school, his friend John (Rob Mayes) was in a band. At a party that John's band was playing at, Dave met a Jamaican guy named Robert Marley (Tai Bennett) who not only knew everything about Dave but seemed to know every detail about everything before it happened. That is how Dave and John were introduced to a drug known as "soy sauce," a black liquid which "opens their minds to s*** they've never seen before;" those are the words of Robert Marley.
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I'll begin by admitting that I'm an unapologetic David Wong fan-boy; I own both the JDatE novel and the sequel in hardcover, and I've been following the progress of this film since day one of the announcement. The release of the film has been on my mind for months, and I watched this tonight with my heart in my throat.

Is it as good as the book? No.

It's also not as long. And it's in a completely different medium. And there is absolutely no way on earth that the film could EVER have looked and sounded exactly the way that I imagined it. The film is quite altered from the text in some places, and yet beat-for-beat in others ... and sometimes, the changes were jarring. Many of my favorite lines and scenes from the book didn't make the cut, and some of the changes were inexplicable to me.

But for fans of Wong's writing, this a damn good adaptation: created by people who truly love the source material ... even if, in some instances, it seems like they don't truly "get" it, at least in the same way that I do. That's not much of a complaint; I suppose that it's "praise by faint damning" - my issues with the film are, given the circumstances, a wash.

I only wish that this amazing novel could have received the full 10-hour "Game of Thrones" HBO miniseries treatment. Since that simply wasn't going to happen, I accept that this fun little flick is a faithful beginner's guide to the weird writing of David Wong.
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You can tell from the first half of the movie that Cascarelli poured a lot of love into this venture. The second half was pretty much a mad scramble to wrap up a movie that was very obviously running too long by that point, and the story suffers for it by laying out too much without explanations. The invasion is give such short shrift that it doesn't even materialize as a coherent part of the story. There was essentially no concrete reason to meet Korrok other than "we need to feed you to him now", with no exposition on the slowly-unfolding horror that underscores his introduction in the book.

The whole thing with the white wisps died on the vine in this movie and I really missed the book's version of the C4 delivery. The basic premise of the beginning story of the axe is truncated, so it never gets explained why this story is important. Without that whole branch of the story, Korrok's subtle and extensive evil is never really developed, and so his presence in this movie gets turned into a B-film bogeyman with no gravitas. Such a shame, but as Wong has said, there was no way to make this whole book into a movie without making it 5 hours long. Personally I would have been OK with that, and I think the audience is there for it, same as it was with the book, but the pressures of fitting everything into the Hollywood model ultimately undermined what should have been a much better movie.

Still, despite very low production value, the meat monster at the beginning of the movie was enjoyable enough. The meat looked very plastic but seeing the idea brought to life made it fun enough to watch that I was able to dismiss its prop looks.
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