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A young rock band, half from England and half from the US, drop out of college and move to the Sunset Strip to chase their dreams. Living in a van, their passion and talent exceed their means to survive. An enigmatic stranger sees their true potential and emotionally manipulates them during a time of weakness. Caught in the middle of a Faustian deal, their music and controversial altercations end up influencing society beyond anything this century has seen, but can they take back control of their destiny before it's too late
- Aspect Ratio : 1.66:1
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 5.92 Ounces
- Release date : February 20, 2018
- Actors : American Satan
- Studio : Sumerian
- ASIN : B078X6KMK5
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #40,020 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By DAN CARROLL on September 26, 2018
How anyone could have truly enjoyed this movie who was 16 and currently rebelling against their mommy and daddy is beyond me. It's awful, all around. Maybe, just maybe, in so awful it's funny-good territory, but probably only if you're watching with friends to have a laugh.
Throughout the series Paradise City, whose write-up and trailers make absolutely no mention of the movie American Satan being a prequel upon which it is based, there are these mysterious tangential characters who appear out of nowhere and greatly influence the goings on, who meddal, and who are quite puzzling because they seem supernatural-ish in a knowing or manipulative sense, some of them seeming good and some of them seeming bad. I couldn't figure out who or what they were because "Paradise City," neither in its title nor in its content, makes no direct mention of Satan, unlike the title of its prequel, American Satan, though, to anyone somewhat literate, the name of the protagonist, "Johnny Faust," could be a tip-off that he's made some kind of bargain with the Devil-- or it could be glanced over as just a musician's provocative stage name, like Johnny Rotten or Sid Viscious is. The series also does nothing to explain these odd and mysterious characters that tend to appear just to clearly intentionally alter the situation at hand without any stated reason and then just disappear as mysteriously as they appeared.
What's more, and probably greater, watching the series, you never really understand what is really motivating the protagonist or the main supporting characters (i.e., Johnny Faust and his bandmates), that there's a specific event that catalyzes everything, an event that takes place in American Satan and, while the very foundation of everything that happens in the series Paradise City, is never mentioned or explained.
I have no idea why in the promotions for and trailer for the new series Paradise City there's no mention of this film, American Satan, that it is spun off from and that it is a sequel to. I only found out about the movie American Satan after I started Googling about Paradise City to try and understand it better, because it's quite obvious there's more there than meets the eye and I was coming up short on figuring out what that was. When I learned of it and watched it, everything fell into place. Now, having watched American Satan, when season two of Paradise City comes out, I won't be in the dark about so many things.
By the way, I find it at best negligent and at worst gross profiteering for Amazon to make the series Paradise City but not provide American Satan in tandem with it, not just not provide it as part of the series or provide it in its "other people who watched this also watched" list beneath but even not provide it at all as free content but as a movie that one must pay for to rent. It seems like if Amazon's promoting a new series it's made based on a prequel that uses all the same characters and cast members playing them (except one-- the part of Lily Mayflower having been recast, which was a smart move since who played the part in American Satan wasn't as gorgeous or irresistibly sexy as the part suggests or is required to really pull off the roll of this femme fatale and who plays her in Paradise City very much is), Amazon would include American Satan for free with Prime, not charge extra for viewing it or glaringly omit mention it at all in plugging its new series Paradise City.
At any rate, what would otherwise be a three-star movie, I give four stars because of how it is essential to understanding the four-star series Paradise City. I also might give it four stars anyway because it has all the makings for what may become a cult classic, a movie that on production and quality alone fails to rise above mediocre at best but nevertheless captures a significant and devoted fanbase due to its imagination and originality, making it fall somewhat in the category of being so bad it's good, even if, in this case, these elements are not really glaringly "bad," per se, not in the sense that other cult classics are, but are just kinda "meh."
A "must see" if you plan to watch, have watched, or will continue to watch the new Amazon Series titled Paradise City.
If you are in favor of "Stand Your Ground Laws" be advised this movie is political propaganda encapsulated into a story about a rock band.