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Junkie

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A twisted, pitch black comedy about a hapless addict (Daniel Louis Rivas) desperately trying to go clean, and his psychotic, devil-may-care brother (Robert LaSardo), who'll stop at nothing to make sure he never does. As Danny's life spirals out of control he must fight tooth and nail to kick his habit and rescue himself from the personal hell Nicky has consigned him to, whilst simultaneously attempting to repair the deeply damaged relationships with his increasingly bizarre friends and family. LOADED WITH BONUS FEATURES! -Feature Commentary: Director Adam Mason, co-writer Simon Boyes, actor/producer Daniel Louis Rivas, Producer Charisse Sanzo -Behind the Scenes documentary -Interviews & Screen Tests -Trailers, Photo Galleries, and more! (NOTE: Fully-tested BD-R w/ full-press artwork)

Product Details

  • Actors: Rober LaSardo, Daniel Louis Rivas, Andrew Howard
  • Directors: Adam Mason
  • Producers: Andrew Howard, Adam Mason, Simon Boyes, Peter Stark, Charisse Sanzo
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Dolby, Widescreen, AC-3, Blu-ray
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Indiecan Entertainment, Inc.
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GKPB9AO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,346 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
When I first saw the cover of this DVD, I thought it was a serious and dark film. As it turns out, I was halfway right; the film is really dark, although it’s certainly not serious at all. This self-described ‘pitch black comedy’ is surrealistic trip through crazy territory...and it’s worth every minute of it!

If you are easily offended, you’d probably better skip this film. It’s full of crude and crass humor, but I loved it. Yet it’s also so much more than a dark comedy. If you look deep enough, you can find a lot of symbolism and metaphor. This aspect is a big part of what makes the movie so good.

JUNKIE is shot very well, and I especially like the opening credits sequence. Each member of the cast and crew is listed on a torn off piece of newspaper that has been tacked or taped somewhere around the house. While this probably cost only $5.00 to film, this ingenious credits design looks excellent onscreen and also helps to set the tone for the whole film.

The acting is incredible, with Daniel Louis Rivas giving an excellent performance as the titular character. But the rest of the cast rocks, too. Robert LaSardo gives a commanding bit of realism to his character, and Tomas Boykin owns his role as the drug dealer Otto.

My sole complaint about JUNKIE is that it’s hard to really make out what is going on, especially at the end. *WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW* If I’m correct, Danny is actually an ex-junkie who has vivid nightmares about his ‘tripping’ days...and the whole film is one of those dreams. When he gets the phone call from Sonja, he chooses to ignore it because he can’t handle both his stress AND hers. I’m not sure if I’m right on this, but that’s my perception of what happened.
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Don't know what this confused mess was all about, but if you have a brain that works, avoid this flick at all costs. To be fair, the tattooed guy was great in it, but he was struggling against a really uncomfortable plot and thoroughly repulsive fellow characters, and there was no saving this film.
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Adam Mason pours a cocktail of taboos in the independent film "Junkie". Sex! Drugs! Rock and Roll? (Well, there is a cool soundtrack of songs by The Dogs d'Amour) But, in "Junkie" the third word to add to any proclamation starting with Sex & Drugs is blood. And, damn straight, there are buckets of it. Here, there, everywhere.

So, now that the obvious aspect of the film is out of the way; let's move into what makes Adam Mason's "Junkie" a hypnotic trip. Broken family. Broken dreams. Broken house. Danny and Nicky are in a fight between themselves, the past and future. And in this film, the ring these two square off in a house that looks like it's stuck in a time warp.

Dirty dishes, dirty house and dirty souls all about. Danny (Daniel Louis Rivas) dwells in depression. Nicky (Robert LaSardo) exists in excess.

When their drug connection Otto (Tomas Boykin ) arrives, he tickles the brothers' funny bones and veins. Danny's ex Sonja (Tess Panzer) pops by to see if the wagon is in tact; or if he's burning it down like the bridge of their relationship. Toss in Dad (Andrew Howard) into this mix; and, the twisting of sobriety and sanity goes through the roof and gets straddled into the basement for both brothers.

Rivas' performance has a twitchy Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates quality to it. His character of Danny is low-key. Now, of course when one key is low, another has to be crashing the cymbals.

And, in "Junkie", Robert LaSardo's character Nicky does just that. His performance is as high as helium and furious as a Tasmanian devil. Adam Mason's direction plays off both character's quirks. In an unobtrusive style, director Mason lets the camera fall back and let the actors rip it up.
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Regrettably, no producer's interview is available to gauge some sense of this work presenting a mix of reality with schizophrenic delusions.

Sometimes it's really hard to distinct between a major character and his rich-tattooed lodger, either friend or brother of him, who is seducing into the shadow pleasures like devil and doing all things bad.

Something similar to "VizitorD" plus anus-hungry drug dealer-turned-
zombie and sex-obsessed masturbating dad.
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