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Revolution #9

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Tim McCann’s (Desolation Angels) award-winning film is an emotionally charged and moving portrait of a young man’s descent into mental illness. Michael Risley delivers an extraordinary performance as James Jackson, a recently engaged young man living in New York City. He soon imagines himself the victim of an overwhelming sensory attack by corporate media. After tracing these influences to a television commercial, he begins to seek out its unsuspecting director (Spalding Gray). Posing as a reporter for a film journal, Jackson prepares for what becomes a disturbing face-to-face confrontation. Meanwhile, Jackson’s fiancee (Adrienne Shelly). desperately attempts to get him treatment, but becomes entangled by the Kafka-esque workings of the mental health care system. As their relationship strains, it seems that Jackson is determined to uncover this conspiracy by any means necessary.

Special Features

  • Two bonus short films

Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Risley, Adrienne Shelly, Spalding Gray, Callie Thorne, Michael Rodrick
  • Directors: Tim McCann
  • Writers: Tim McCann
  • Producers: Adrienne Shelly, Adolfo Vargas, Andreas Olavarria, David Fife, Gill Holland
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AKCM0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,861 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Revolution #9" on IMDb

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It's heartbreaking to see actress Adrienne Shelley--who turns in an excellent performance--on screen here, knowing she was murdered earlier this year. As the fiancee of James Jackson--played uncommonly well by Michael Risley--she's lends solid support to a young man whose mind is rapidly disintegrating.

Suddenly beset by paranoid fantasies, Jackson starts accusing his co-workers of moving things around; then his pre-teen nephew of doing things he's nowhere near capable of doing; finally, his fiancee. He traces his mental collapse to a TV commercial and then finds the individual responsible for making the commercial--Spalding Gray, in a wry performance as a still photographer full of himself who was given the opportunity by a perfume company to shoot a TV spot for their flagship product, Revolution #9.

Spalding Gray himself committed suicide; it's really eerie that two of the lead cast members are no longer with us, specifically having lost their lives very recently.

The pacing of the film is perfect. Tim McCann, the director, knows how to not only get the best out of the actors he's working with, but also is expert at camera angles, capturing the most powerfully subtle nuances of expression and emotional import. His frequent use of close-ups works well here; it's often annoying to see close-ups in a film because it feels like the director is using them having run out of other ideas. But McCann is a strong filmmaker; he fuses his smart dialogue with exactly the right moves by the actors and the right shots, the right camerawork to make the film as powerful as it is.

The supporting cast is also strong--in particular, Callie Thorne, who perfectly captures the half narrow-minded mentality of a suburban wife. The ending of the film is supremely disturbing, as is the film overall, which is McCann's intent.

A superior piece of work; highly recommended.
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Very well captures, In The most immediate sort of way, the baffling onset of schizophrenia. It's hard and frustrating to watch so know what you're getting into. It's also bittersweet to see Adrienne Shelly who's good here too. Won't give anything else away.
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I was one of the few people to see this film in theatres upon it's limited threatrical release, and i am glad to now be able to purchase the dvd. Basically, this is a hyper realistic thriller about a man who is beset by mental illness - or is he? I have never heard of Michael Risley before, but his performance here, the restaint and intensity, makes a lot of celebrity actors look like children. spalding gray is hilarious as usual. i highly recommend this beautifully photographed indie film to anyone who would like a dose of anti-hollywood filmmaking at it's finest.
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By KBM on February 4, 2008
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This is the story about two people who are forced to deal with the onset of mental illness. Jackson and his fiancee are planning their wedding. As this happy event nears, Jackson begins to show the signs of paranoid schizophrenia. First he believes his colleagues are out to get him-- moving things around on his desk, watching him, using him as a guinea pig (his words, not mine). Since he's in advertising, someone sends him a computer file of the new advertising campaign for a perfume, Revolution No. 9. Jackson believes there are messages in the commercial that are specifically targeting him.

From there, he gets worse. He loses his job, he can't keep his apartment clean, he looks worse for wear. Jackson tries to drag his fiancee into his delusions and begins to distrust her, as well. She tries to get him help, but it's very difficult to get help when the would-be patient cannot even understand he's ill. Some of the laws designed to help the mentally ill really wind up hurting them, instead.

This is an interesting movie with a horribly poor title. The title and the box-- and the way it's recommended on Amazon-- are a bit misleading. To me, this appears to be a little science fiction movie-- is the man going insane or is there truly a conspiracy against him. Nothing could be further from the truth and this is NOT what this movie is about-- despite the other reviewer's misleading question ". . .or is he?" This movie is strictly about what happens when two people who love eachother have to face the onset of incapacitating mental illness.

The resolution of the movie isn't very good-- not because it's not a "happy" ending, but because it ends abruptly at the climax with no denouement.
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