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noticing. However, everything changes for Les the day he is
accepted into an experimental drug study. As he begins to take the drugs, an unexpected side effect occurs - he develops special powers. In an effort to use his new talents for protecting others, Les finds himself in a predicament to save himself.
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I would suggest not reading too much about the plot because honestly I felt the way they promoted this movie was right, they just stuck to telling you he takes an experimental drug and gets super powers. But the synopsis on just about every site out there spoils a fairly early "twist" and I ddon't see any reason for it.
Without giving much away this movie has a lot of really nice "human" moments. Those moments that most people out there can really connect to the character with. Some are funny, some are sad, some are just plain strange.
But one thing this movie doesn't do is disappoint.
If you are unsure, either download it from Amazon Unbox or rent the movie from your preferred renter, but definitely give this movie a shot, you may find, like me, that it will make a spot on your DVD shelf to call it's home.
(Magnet Films, 2009)
This is an intense, and rather depressing film about a mild-mannered Joe Schmoe (wonderfully played by Michael Rapaport) who thinks he has tapped into his hidden superpowers after he takes part in an experimental drug program. Is what he experiences real or not? Well, the film actually answers this question immediately: he is in fact delusional, but because his delusions involve a sense of power and invulnerability, he soon places himself in great physical danger.
Rapaport is quite good in this role, giving a moving, multi-layered performance, and he is generally matched by his supporting cast. (Particularly strong are his schlubby friends, who own a comicbook store -- their reactions to the announcement that their friend has superpowers is *not* what you'd expect.) Although towards the finish, this film becomes unrelentingly bleak and harsh, it is an interesting exploration of the psychology and mythology of "specialness" which pervades American culture. Are we all special? Should we hope to be? Here's one perspective that you might not have seen before... And certainly a strong role for Rapaport, whose puppy-dog qualities have seldom been used so well. (Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film blog)
A small pharmaceutical company is testing a new drug that promises to make its users unique, and an ordinary guy (Michael Rappaport) signs up. He begins to notice changes very quickly, and is certain that with his new powers he can change the world. But not everyone wants him to have powers, and men in suits are out to get him; even some of his friends refuse to believe in him when confronted with the evidence.
This is a small and subtle film about an ordinary lonely guy who needs to believe in himself. Michael Rapaport is convincing in the lead role, though most of the other characters are underdeveloped. The story is novel and intelligent, thematically close to films like Taxi Driver, with a lighter touch but a less assured tone and look. The settings and lighting are spare and appropriate, but the handheld camera seemed at odds with the formalistic and tight framing of the shots. Sometimes handheld lends an aura of authenticity - but here given the scarcity of camera movement, it seemed odd they didn't put the camera on a tripod.
An intriguing character study, and a thoughtful exploration of the superhero genre; well worth watching for those who like indie films.
The movie embodies many of the superhero myths, while also embracing the awkward, sardonic and melancholic mood of an independent film. Les Franken, a stereotypical comic fanboy, gains super abilities while taking an experimental anti-depressant. Les attempts heroism with a deceiving new lease on life, and ends up fighting in the most epic battle he's ever faced, most of which takes place within his mind. His sense of reality and self is challenged in almost every way. Poor self-esteem being Les's ultimate weakness, his ego is the only thing holding him back from facing down his antagonists and psychological demons.
The film has a subtle message on the ethics of the pharmaceutical industry, or lack their of, but 'Special' ends with a much more profound lesson about a man's resolve.. the will to not be defeated, and what it means to be a hero, even if it's just your own.
Highly Recommended, But with a warning: It's well crafted but low-budget
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really unusual show. Seems to get into the psychology behind the protagonist and antagonists and explores greed, psychosis, belief systems. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Danielle D Dubuc
Can't avoid a spoiler on this one. Lonely guy who is into comic and has superhero posters get into a drug test and gains superpowers, or so he thinks. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John S. Socha
This is a great movie. A good combination of funny and "makes you think".Published 11 months ago by D
Great movie, Michael Rapaport knocked it out of the park with his performance. Everyone is on point in this film, and I felt it was a very clever movie.Published 12 months ago by Daniel
have watched this a number of times - always find something different for inspirationPublished 15 months ago by Alan A. Gillberg
Great movie. Everyone I've recommended it to equally enjoyed it.Published 15 months ago by lieutfunaki
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