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Population 436 (2006)

Jeremy Sisto , Fred Durst , Michelle MacLaren  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeremy Sisto, Fred Durst, Frank Adamson, Susan Kelso, David Fox
  • Directors: Michelle MacLaren
  • Writers: Michael Kingston
  • Format: Widescreen, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GFRI5Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,944 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Population 436" on IMDb

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Jeremy Sisto and Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst star in this thrilling story about a U.S. census taker who is assigned to assess the population in a remote mountain community. The census taker becomes trapped in this prison-like town full of 'golden rules' (that no one ever breaks) that doesn't allow its population to drop below or exceed exactly 436 citizens, a number in accordance with 'God's Law.' He eventually learns that NO ONE is ever allowed to leave Rockwell Falls and that the town citizens will do whatever it takes to maintain the status quo. After fending off a lobotomy and pretending to go along with the program, the U.S. census taker eventually tries to escape. Will the population finally be altered, or will the story of Rockwell Falls live on? Director/producer of TV's long-running science fiction thriller X-Files, Michelle MacLaren directs this film. The people of Rockwell Falls refer to their town of perfect balance as 'the most perfect place on Earth' - where numbers rule the universe, everybody's watching, divine order is law and God punishes those that are lacking in faith in order to save the people from themselves.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a rental... November 16, 2006
By SBCNIN
Format:DVD
A couple of friends and I rented some movies this past weekend, this being one of them. While I was skeptical at first about renting it, I soon found the movie to be entertaining. I won't bother with an overview of the plot, as others have covered that, but I will say that I found the movie to be well done, with the actors involved turning in solid performances. However, I would recommend renting this movie first before deciding to purchase it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Fifty miles past the end of nowhere lies Rockwell Falls, a self-styled perfect town that takes its solidarity, tranquility, and - above all - its equilibrium seriously. On the surface, it's a pleasant little town where everyone seems happy, crime is nonexistent, and you never have to look very far for your next piece of apple pie. It's a weird thing, though; the town's population never seems to change. It took a century for some genius at the Census Bureau to notice this oddity, but the bureaucracy finally decided to send someone out to investigate. Rockwell Falls doesn't cotton to strangers all that well, but the local leaders have little choice but to let Steve Kady (Jeremy Sisto), in to do his official government business. Everyone seems super-friendly to him, but it doesn't take him long to figure out that something is seriously wrong with this town. We the viewers learn early on just how Rockwell Falls keeps its population completely static, but it takes Steve a while to figure things out on his own.

Steve is stymied in his efforts to interview several members of the community; according to the mayor and local doctor, those citizens are currently suffering from "the fever." This fever isn't all that rare, but old Doctor Greaver is almost always successful at curing his patients one way or another. Steve eventually learns all about this fever, as well as the unique religious beliefs that form the basis of the town's peculiar way of life. The more he learns, the clearer it becomes that he is expected to become a permanent resident of Rockwell Falls. It's for his own good, really, as those who do attempt to escape the town are struck down by God himself. Steve doesn't buy that argument for a minute.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want a good movie, this is the one! January 25, 2007
Format:DVD
Going in to this movie, I had my doubts. Lately, there has been this large amount of sucky indie horror movies. I almost turned it off at first, before the movie played, just because I've wasted so much time on my life with crap like The Plague and Rest Stop. By the end of this movie, I wanted to stand up and cheer. It had suspense, mystery and the drama needed to make something exceptional. Sure, the budget wasn't big and this could have been done better with a few million more dollars, but for what they had, this is amazing work. Amazingly enough, Fred Durst even does a good job. I think his acting career will be a lot better than his music career. See this movie.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected July 13, 2006
Format:DVD
A guy from the census bereau visits the backwoods town of Rockwell Falls ; upon further investigation he realises that the towns population has remained at 436 for the last century.

Curious, he sets out to find out just how this has remained so for so long,in the process he falls for the village beauty who happens to be the love interest of the local Sheriff deputy and jealousy insues.

The town elders now have a problem...he makes 437 and the standard of 436 must remain.

This film is a definate recommend - it reminds me of The Village and The Wicker man.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Our Town January 26, 2007
Format:DVD
There exists a small town with a peculiar trait. According to census records the population has not changed for dozens of decades. Being a little slow, it is only now that the bureau decides to send someone out to check on the strange figures. Enter our friendly census agent who gets a flat tire as soon as he crosses the town line. The town gets few visitors so there are no hotels or boarding houses but a place is found. The residents are friendly enough but act a little strange not least of which is that they seem to expect him to start a new life there. But then he discovers that the figure of 436 is not an anomaly.

Now that the 436 figure is understood there is still the matter of getting out of town successfully. Not doing so could have dire consequences. But attempts to leave are always headed off and more dark secrets about the town are learned. It becomes more and more imperative to leave the town. But the big question is is there some other force other than the townsfolk involved? The answers may surprise you.

This is quite a good film. It quickly manages to give both the feeling of a tranquil small town as well as a feeling of impending doom (not easy to do). The ending is almost breathtaking. The revelations build nicely as this is a town of many disturbing secrets. This is a classic horror film that manages to work with setting and atmosphere to deliver its message without having to rely on violence, gore, or graphic death. A nice change of pace I really enjoyed but it may be too subtle for the gore-hounds. Check it out.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid effort October 30, 2006
By Robert
Format:DVD
First of all, I am not a fan of the Wicker Man, and would not compare it with this movie at all thematically. I was, however, struck by a previous poster's comparison to "The Lottery", which I hadn't considered, but does seem to fit.

Rockwell Falls has an unusual method of population control, and a young census bureau employee is about to discover its secret. The journey is really part mystery and part melodrama, with a few supernatural chills thrown in for good measure. The picture does a nice job of setting up the storyline and characters without getting too bogged down in unnecessary side plots. There is little drama associated with the likely outcome of the movie from the outset, but the story is told quite well and the ending is satifying, if not predictable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie
I liked the movie, didn't care too much for the ending, but worth the money. Judge it for yourself

Good movie to add to your collection.
Published 2 months ago by Linda Ayla
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual title
Enjoyable read...if a little predictable. It was the title that attracted me.Would'nt really recommend it. That's what you get for taking a chance.
Published 11 months ago by Mike Irving
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for a somewhat unknown movie
I really wish this title would come out in bluray. The storyline is an intersting one, and is suspenseful. Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. Dess
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great one.!
We have watched this movie so many times it is a great one the story is different but in a good way.
Published 14 months ago by rayjazz
4.0 out of 5 stars A clever little thriller with a discreet suggestion of something...
Steve Kady (Jeremy Sisto), a US Census Bureau researcher, visits a small town named Rochester Falls to check a troubling thing in the population data. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Maciej
4.0 out of 5 stars good horror flick with great ending
This movie was a really pleasant surprise. Great suspense and creepiness. I really like Sisto and he did a better than average job with the role. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by S. G.
3.0 out of 5 stars Direct-to-DVD Surprise!
I didn't expect much when the movie started, but I thought since Jeremy Sisto was in it, and the fact that I had seen some of his other movies, and believe he's a decent actor, I... Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by E. Barrios
3.0 out of 5 stars Follow the average -- it's a 3
There is nothing really to hate or to love about this movie. It is entertaining. It isn't annoying. The acting is decent. Read more
Published on November 2, 2011 by Darrren12000
3.0 out of 5 stars A true 3 star film...
Plain and simple this movie is pretty much the wicker man remixed. A man visits a town and finds out something strange is going on. Read more
Published on September 20, 2010 by maskedgamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper Mystery-Suspense Thriller
The film opens with a car-chase which ends in the death of the
driver attempting to escape. Then, in a scene reminiscent of
many past horror flicks, a man (Jeremy Sisto,... Read more
Published on April 9, 2010 by Paul A. Klinger
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