I Trust You to Kill Me
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Kiefer Sutherland, star of the hit TV show "24" takes his indie record label act, Rocco DeLuca & the Burden on the road for their first international tour. From Los Angeles to Europe, this highly personal journey chronicles a rock band & their less than qualified road manager, Kiefer Sutherland, and the hopes, successes and disappointments of a band trying to get their music to their audience.
It's too bad Jack Bauer was busy solving an international terrorist crisis. As seen with unflinching eyes in this wickedly entertaining documentary, Kiefer Sutherland could have used the organizational powers of his 24-star alter-ego to help him with his duties as road manager of a burgeoning rock band. Sutherland is exposed as steadfast devotee of Rocco DeLuca & The Burden as he tries his best to manage the details of the band's brief winter, 2005 tour of Europe. In addition to his career as a famous actor, Sutherland is also co-founder of the indie record label Ironworks Music, and as I Trust You to Kill Me proves, he's clearly the #1 fan of Ironworks' up-and-comers Rocco DeLuca & The Burden. The band's tour of small clubs took them to London, Dublin, Reykjavík, Berlin, and points in between. Director Manu Boyer lets his camera linger over the best and worst of it all. Some of the worst is of Sutherland as he ineptly (but utterly sincerely) tries to pump the band up at every opportunity, whether it's doing radio promos, hauling heavy amps into a London nightclub in the freezing cold, or slyly handing out tickets in Dublin pubs and street corners for an undersold show. It's hilarious to see him simultaneously exploiting and enjoying his celebrity status with passersby--some of whom know who he is, others only vaguely realizing that they ought to know who he is. Director Boyer also does some nosy prodding into Sutherland's private life, especially after he's hefted a few pints (the clip of Sutherland taking a drunken running dive into the Christmas tree in a posh London hotel was brief a YouTube smash after the film first aired on VH-1). We see the crawling-up end of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle from Sutherland's point of view and from the band's. Though it's certainly not the best rock concert movie, there is some terrific footage of The Burden performing their bloozy brand of rock behind DeLuca's raw wail. In spite of Sutherland's "help," the band may have a good chance at gaining a following. I Trust You to Kill Me (the title of The Burden's first album) documents both a personal journey for Kiefer Sutherland and a glimpse at the hardscrabble of a band clawing their way up. On both counts it's great fun and a terrific piece of rock 'n' roll entertainment. --Ted Fry
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A bonus from this film was that, after a decade and a half of fearing Kiefer Sutherland for his role in The Lost Boys (my older brother forced me to watch it as a youngster and I was afraid of the dark for years to come), I can finally watch 24 without freaking out! It's basically his antics and whole-hearted efforts to get the band out there that make this movie worthwhile, but that's no slight to the Rocco and the boys. If you're a fan of theirs, you'll definitely enjoy all the live sets they show - they're phenomenal (no matter if people actually show up and dig the music or not). I wish they would release a soundtrack to this movie using the live sets from the venues.
The only downside about it was the annoying filmmaker/directer, Manu Boyer (sp?). Some of his questions were just...random and didn't make a whole lot of sense/put people on the spot. I think that's reflected in some of the band members' and Kiefer Sutherland's responses because there are times when it's just so stilted it makes you cringe. Other than that, it's top quality and was a worthwhile purchase, but I got it when it was first released (I caught it on VH1 and had to have it for myself), so it was a little more pricey. The cost should've gone down by now, though, so I would highly recommend it.
I disagree with the reviewer who intimated that it was mostly about Kiefer. It was probably half about Kiefer and his enthusiasm for promoting this "new" band that he's crazy over, and half about the band itself. We see fascinating glimpses of the band practicing at Ironworks, Kiefer's recording studio, and there are enough interviews, interspersed throughout the film, of Rocco (the lead singer/lead guitarist/head guru of the band) to get a feel for him as a person. My take: he is one very intense guy: multi-layered, charismatic, and angst-ridden.
Kiefer is amusing throughout and it's touching to see his devotion to getting this band he believes in off the ground. At one point in the documentary, in Dublin, Kiefer goes out on the street offering free tickets to strangers, just so that the band's gig that night will be filled. Wotta guy! Also, Kiefer is quite charming during the moments in the film when he reflects upon himself, and most self-disparigingly I might add. You get a feel for this actor as a person, just as you get a feel for the band Rocco Deluca & The Burden -- just enough to fascinate you and leave you wanting to know more.
I also disagree with the reviewer who intimated that Kiefer was drunk throughout the documentary. I saw only a few instances when Kiefer was drunk, and it was when the band and its entourage were "partying" after the gigs -- which to me seems an appropriate time to be drunk, if ever there was one.
I recently heard one of the band's songs played on our local modern rock station, and I was thrilled to see that they *are* starting to make some headway; maybe(?) as a result of this film being shown on VH1. I'd certainly never heard of them before and I've since bought their CD and it's fantastic. So, the film won one new fan for the band and I'm sure others besides; which I'm sure was the motivation behind Kiefer's involvement in the documentary -- *not* to promote himself. He hardly needs it, with the great success of 24.
On a side note, the documentary is also an absolute feast for the eyes. There are many shots of the landscape of Eastern Europe that the band travels through on this tour that are simply haunting. Between the images and the subject, there's not a single dull moment in this documentary. Highly recommended.
It is well worth seeing. The band is great and you can easily see how Kiefer became such a big fan. I can't help but feel he was trying to live out a boyhood fantasy (of being a rock star) that didn't turn out as he hoped it would.
The film gives you a glimpse of the personal side of each of them. You get the history of how the band got going...and then you see them in action. It doesn't hide behind any glitz. You see the triumphs and frustrations. But that makes them tangible to all of us who wish we had the courage to follow our dreams like they did. Yes, Kiefer isn't the perfect band manager, but he tries hard and so loves and believes in this band that you fall in love with them alongside of him. His enthusiasm is contagious.
A funny and touching story, following the band -- and their self-admittedly underprepared manager -- across the ocean on their first journey. VERY well done!!