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Following an Irish immigrant carpenter from coastal Queens to the Catskills and beyond, The Builder is an American existential portrait exploring the gulf between the idea of a thing and the thing itself. Having set off to the New York countryside to construct a reproduction of an early American cape house, the protagonist finds himself overcome by an inexplicable fatigue. Debts and expectations mount alongside the crudest and most naive of deceptions, that of both self and of family. As the chasm grows the Builder finds himself confronted by the unnerving ambivalence of the world around him.
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Expecting a movie about "builders" and the lines they create, why, and what goes into their visions (like the trailer, and film description even suggest...), we are instead given a movie that has 30 seconds of them going "Yah, I wanted a line here, so I called so and so, and we put it in" and then cut to 4 minutes of seeing the same rehashed YouTube quality of edits of the riders we already know and watch often enough to know that they can still hit the same s*** they were hitting last week.
It's what the entire movie feels like to me, a compilation of YouTube edits, thrown together without any sense of direction or purpose to actually draw attention to what it takes to build.
Even though not intended, "Where the trail ends" does a much better job at what it takes to build, then "Builder" does. At least in "Where the trail ends" they explain what they are looking for, and why, and actually has progression.