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Zigzag (2002)

John Leguizamo , Natasha Lyonne , David S. Goyer  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Leguizamo, Natasha Lyonne, Wesley Snipes, Oliver Platt, Luke Goss
  • Directors: David S. Goyer
  • Writers: David S. Goyer, Landon J. Napoleon
  • Producers: Al Hayes, Alison Semenza, Andrew Stevens, Elie Samaha, James A. Holt
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F7ZU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,336 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Both heartwarming and gently humorous, Zig zag is the story of a young autistic boy living with hisabusive bully of a father (Wesley Snipes). Panicked by his father's sudden demand for "rent" money (actually to support his drug habit), "Zig Zag" robs the safe at the diner where he works. Upon learning of the theft, "Zig Zag's" compassionate mentor (John Leguizamo) steps in to put things right again.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your Eyes Will Zig-Zag Open January 2, 2005
I loved this movie from the first time I viewed it. I only wish it would have gotten the recognition it deserved. Too many people have probably missed out on this great flick, and I was lucky to have had it catch my eye at a video store one day. I'm glad I took a chance on it. Granted, it has some raunchy parts and it was disturbing at times, but through all this comes a pretty good story with some touching and insightful moments. It is a film that is well worth a watch and you will not be bored with it. It's intense, powerful and moving.

We enter the world of a autistic 15 year-old boy who goes by the name of "Zig Zag" (played fantastically by Sam Jones III). He is a young man who deals with life by talking in his head most of the time and "hiding his thoughts where nobody else can see them." Even those with disabilities have their strong areas, and Zig Zag's strength is memorizing numbers. It is an eye-opening look into how he views the world.

Wesley Snipes plays a sensational role as David "Fletcher," Zig Zag's angry, fast-talking, abusive, drug thug of a father. Desperate for drug cash, Fletcher threatens to kick Zig Zag out on the street if he does not pay him the apartment rent. A scared Zig Zag takes off to his part-time job where he works as a restaurant dishwasher for his booze-chugging, cigar-smoking, prostitute-craving, arrogant boss they call "Toad" (played nicely by Oliver Platt). Though the workers in the kitchen tease Zig Zag and Toad thinks Zig Zag is a bit dumb, Toad actually has a feeling that Zig Zag is not as dumb as he seems; especially when he catches Zig Zag staring at him as he is opening the safe in his office.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And the Oscar goes to...Sam Jones III...ZigZag!!!!! November 2, 2002
By C. Law
ZIGZAG is the story of an autistic 15-year-old boy named ZigZag, spelled with two big Z's and two little G's (Sam Jones III) who steals money from his boss (Oliver Platt) to provide rent for his abusive father (Wesley Snipes), who uses the money to repay a loan shark (Luke Goss).
Writer David S. Goyer most known for his dark superhero films, ... succeeds with this little drama which in a way is also about a superhero, only this superhero is a 15 year old autistic child.
Young actor Sam Jones III absolutely made me fall in love with ZigZag. .. While I know he won't even be considered come Oscar time he should be the winner. Watch out for this kid. He can truly act. John Leguizamo (MOULIN ROUGE; COLLATERAL DAMAGE), who usually comes off rather annoying to me, also shines as Singer, the big brother character of ZigZag.. The chemistry between Leguizamo and Jones is brilliant and lights up the screen.
The other performances make stnd out as well. Oliver Platt (THE THREE MUSKETEERS; LIBERTY STANDS STILL) revels in a wonderfully rich and funny supporting role. Natasha Lyonne (AMERICAN PIE 1 and 2) delivers a rich performance as a hooker with a heart and Wesley Snipes (LIBERTY STANDS STILL; BLADE) casts is beleivable as a crack-addicted abusive father. .. He knows how to act and what he's doing. But when it's all said and done, its Sam Jones III who is the heart and soul of the film, and ultimately why we care to see it unfold.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A peek into the dysfunctional life of one young boy.... January 13, 2003
Louis (Sam Jones III) aka ZigZag is a 15 year-old autistic boy, who lives with this physically-abusive, and drug-addicted father, Fletcher (Wesley Snipes--Blade, Blade 2, Passenger 57, Jungle Fever). He works a low-paying job washing dishes at a local diner, where he is often ridiculed by the alcoholic manager, Mr Walters aka "The Toad" (Oliver Platt--Don't Say A Word, Liberty Stand Still) with racial epithets and remarks about his condition in general. His only friend is Dean Singer (John Leguizamo,--Carlito's Way, Empire,) who acts as a Big Brother to ZigZag, despite his illness. When ZigZag's father (who is also in debt to the Mob) threatens that ZigZag needs to give him $200 for the rent or he is homeless (ZigZag understands this as "two-zero-zero-"), ZigZag devises a plan to steal some money from the safe at work to give to his father. ZigZag steals the money, (all $9,241 of it) and gives it to his father--who takes ALL the money, leaving Zig with nothing. Soon an investigation starts, and Zig doesn't know what is going to happen to himself. Singer's condition worsens when he collapses at the job. He wakes up at the hospital to find that his testicular cancer has spread to his lungs and stomach, and he only has months to live. Zig is once again left to fend for himself. Zig meets a prostitute named Jenna, (Natasha Lyonne--American Pie 1 and 2) who takes pity on him, and they form a friendship. I won't give away the whole story or the ending, but this is one movie that you won't want to miss. Brilliant acting was done by Jones, Snipes, Leguizamo, Platt, and Lyonne.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disturbing look at a little boy's life December 15, 2003
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Sam Jones III, plays Louis Fletcher(or ZigZag), he's this boy with problems, one being that he has an abusive father, played by Wesley Snipes(havent's seen Snipes this badassed, but its not in a good way). ZigZag has a job and he works for Oliver Platt, or the Toad(bastard in this movie) and then ZigZag steals money from his vault and tells Singer(John Lequizamo who is absolutely great) who is diagnosed with cancer. so ZigZag is spiraled into a world of tricks and he's trying to fit in the world and Singer is rying to help him. written by David S. Goyer(writer of Blade and Blad II) you can note that Snipes plays Blade in both of them and also the an who plays Cadilacc Tom(Luke Goss), the owner of the strip club, played Jared Nomak in Blade II. some disturbing moments but also a good drama and you feel for this boy. other actors: Abraham Benrubi, Natasha Lyonne,Sherman Augustus, Miguel Nunez, Michael Greyeyes and Elizabeth Pena
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ish!
Two very short cameo appearances by Snipes at the beginning and end and that's it. Want a sickish sweet do-good documentary? Then this is for you!
Published 9 months ago by D C
2.0 out of 5 stars ZIG ZAG
Published 12 months ago by jane
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Movie
I love this movie. I'm glad I could find it on DVD. I was really looking for the Blu-ray version, but am glad that I found it on DVD.
Published 16 months ago by Dennis W. Bohnert
4.0 out of 5 stars ZIG ZAG
Published 20 months ago by BJ PAYNE-JACKSON
4.0 out of 5 stars Good acting, an OK movie!
John Leguizamo is excellent in this movie, Wesley Snipes plays a small role! Its worth watching!
Published on February 24, 2008 by BJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little movie
This was a wonderful movie. It will pull at your heartstrings. Wesley Snipes played an abusive father who badly abused his son. ZigZag was slow but was very bright. Read more
Published on December 27, 2007 by Della Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what it could have been.
ZigZag (David S. Goyer, 2002)

Somewhere in the guts of ZigZag is an awe-inspiring movie waiting to get out. Read more
Published on January 25, 2007 by Robert Beveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Indie film
I saw ZigZag at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2002. I was sad to see that this film did not get released because the story and cast were intriguing and fresh. Read more
Published on July 19, 2002 by Anne M. Allen
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