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Visioneers (2009)

Zach Galifianakis , Judy Greer , Jared Drake  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zach Galifianakis, Judy Greer, Mia Maestro, Missi Pyle, James LeGros
  • Directors: Jared Drake
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002935GI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,078 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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George Washington Winsterhammerman lives an ordinary life. He has a wife, a kid, a house and a boat. Every day George gets in his minivan and goes to work as a Level Three Tunt at the Jeffers Corporation, the largest and most profitable corporation in the history of mankind. It is an utterly comfortable life, but when people around George begin exploding, he fears he might be next. Starring comedian Zach Galifiankis featured in 2009 blockbuster hits Hangover, G Force, and Youth in Revolt. Supporting cast includes Judy Greer (27 New Dresses), D.W. Moffet (Friday Night Lights) and James Le Gros Vantage Point). Supported by a national online viral marketing and PR campaign targeting blogs and websites catering to comedy lovers and cast fans.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ensemble experience July 5, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I am confused by many of the negative reviews - the plot line was tight, unified and engaging. The sound quality, underscoring and music is exceptional. The story far from loses its way, but hits its stride as life truly falls apart around the main characters. An invisible son and hippie brother? De rigueur now days. Corporate mind control? Check. Late capitalism has its perils, and the reviews here seem to show that only some of us are ready. Of course, the fact that I am reviewing this on Amazon means you should most likely ignore it anyway. Anyone who reads contemporary philosophy will draw (most likely intentional) parallels between Zizek's warnings on Utopian Dreaming, to his quoting of Christ's "they know now what they do" or sexual plague in "A Plague of Fantasies" in late capitalism. Baudrillard's vision is presented here without nostalgia - perhaps unrecognized by the Matrix lovers (Baudrillard's visions are more appealing when taking red or blue pills, I suppose). This is wonderful filmmaking, pure and simple. I commend the cast (many of whom I love for their dark and equally insane projects from Archer to Arrested Development). Well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
As Jared Drake's "Visioneers" establishes its bleak portrait of the corporate world in a dystopian future, I loved the idea and premise behind the enterprise. Low-key, mundane, and loaded with banal monotony, the work day that Zach Galifianakis and his colleagues must endure as office drones is brought to life with exquisitely uncomfortable awkwardness. As the DVD cover suggests a marriage of Mike Judge's "Office Space" with Terry Gilliam's "Brazil", it seems a relatively apt comparison from the film world--but Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" also seems to be a relevant influence. But taking these great cues and starting with a winning hand, it soon becomes clear (especially in the film's second half) that the screenplay really doesn't know where to go. It's a shame, too--I was rooting for this to be a little undiscovered gem--but I started watching this with three friends and by the end, only I remained. Billed as a black comedy, anyone expecting a riotous and laugh-out-loud film should check their expectations before proceeding.

Galifianakis works for the renowned Jessups Corporation--headed with great comedic aplomb by D.W. Moffett. Preaching happy thoughts and productivity, the office has become a mind numbing existence. His discontent wife (the always reliable Judy Greer) seeks solace and comfort from a book on happiness and current fads to fill her empty days. And his brother (a spry James LeGros), recently released from prison, takes up residence in his backyard and is soon leading a movement to endorse freedom of expression. In a land where critical thought and feelings are frowned upon, it's not easy to get by. When people start to explode, literally, from boredom and repressed emotion--it serves as a catalyst to reevaluate life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brazil: De-Gilliam-ized November 23, 2011
By Julie
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Well, I won't go so far as to say that George Washington Winsterhammerman is the 21st century Sam Lowry. But I loved the understated insanity spiked with corporate nothingisms and friendly Jeffers logo salutes. Imagine Wes Anderson reworking Equilibrium. The wheels do come off the wagon a bit at the end. Seemed like someone realized they only had 10 more minutes left and started gluing together sweepings from the editing room floor. If you're looking for the Will Farrell style over-the-top silliness, this may not be your best choice. But I thought this was perfectly weird and charming.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works better as a drama August 19, 2009
Format:DVD
I enjoyed this, but to classify this as a comedy seems wrong to me. There were funny moments, but I would compare it less to Idiocracy and more to Synecdoche New York, where the drama made more of an impact than the humor. It was just odd enough to keep my attention at first, and it ended up being a very sweet, thoughtful experience. Zach really did a great job as the lead actor here. Judy and Mia knocked their parts out of the park, and the supporting cast was also good. I admit it was slow here and there, but still very good.

Another review mentioned the poor production value, and to an extent they are right. For an independent film I thought the visual quality was actually quite good, but the sound (at least on my copy) is not the best. I had to turn my TV almost all the way up to hear the dialogue in many scenes, followed by a leap for the remote when the music started, which was very loud. It is a shame that they couldn't get more support for this. Still, I didn't mind when the movie ended up being pretty good.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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The 2010 low budget indie film `Visioneer' starring Zach Galifianakis presents the audience with a vision of a possible dark, authoritarian future. Be prepared for a powerful, clear and disturbingly accurate vision of a world without self awareness and purpose.

Synopsis: This is dark comedy at its depressing best, or at least that's how it begins and maintains through most of the movie. Yes this is truly a future world without any reason to exist. In the future scheme of things only productivity is valued, individual pursuit of excellence, friendship, love and anything else worthwhile you may think of no longer holds any meaning. We have become rats in a maze and nothing more. The loss of meaning, the understated confusion and the thinly guised desperation simple exudes from the screen. Laid out before us is a society in utter pain and that pain is exquisitely displayed on the face of the film's star, Zach Galifianakis. He is a man about to explode, literally, which is what people do when they can no longer stand living in a world with no meaning. Our hero has reached the point of critical mass and realizes that he must either break free and discover personal happiness or explode. It isn't easy in a society that has all but lost the ability to look outside the box and act independently but he must try or die.

Critique: `Visioneer' is quite a unique movie and definitely not something for anyone in search of a light hearted, unchallenging viewing experience. This film has an uncanny ability to push a lot of emotional buttons most viewers would not want to be pushed. The heavy emotional angst dealt with in the film will slowly but surely begin to be felt by the audience and trigger a personal reaction to the storyline.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy but VERY true!
I love this film! It's comedy but to me it's also a very true view at what life can seem like. I felt I could relate to lot's of the story in how I will often times see life as it... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Jonas Snell
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a "comedy"
Watched this late at night thinking it was going be a dark comedy similar to "Idiocracy." While I didn't find this movie funny, I found it extremely relatable and... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Noah
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie if you are a fan of Zach Galifianakis
I like this movie because it shows off Zach's acting skills. Even though the movie storyline itself is humorous, Zach's role is more serious than what he is known for. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kristina Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
Ridiculing the worst of corporate behavior in a frighteningly real manner. Must give the creeps to a lot of folks. Read more
Published 2 months ago by em
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Moving Title That Makes You Think About Life As A Whole and...
Regardless of this films category, it isn't very comedic.

What it is, is abstract. It doesn't really fit into any category I can think of. It's very strange. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nick Provost
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Movie
It was not a funny movie. Quite boring and the premise is pretty dumb. I don't recommend this unless you're already sleepy.
Published 7 months ago by M. Terry
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good
Too slow and not what you would have expected. I guess you could give it a try and see for yourself.
Published 8 months ago by Beth M Boyle
1.0 out of 5 stars 94 minutes I will never get back!
Normally Zack is the man, but this was just stupid. Intellectuals will say I "didn't get it", but I think only strange people would. Sorry. Didn't do it for me. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ScottyB
1.0 out of 5 stars No Vision in Visioneers
Perhaps I would have liked it better had the quality of the movie been better. It seemed as if I was watching through a fog. Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. OConnell
2.0 out of 5 stars Why Zach, why?
This movie was just too dry for me. The movie was strange and simply not funny. I want the 2 hours of my life back!
Published 9 months ago by Patriot G
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