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noticing. However, everything changes for Les the day he is
accepted into an experimental drug study. As he begins to take the drugs, an unexpected side effect occurs - he develops special powers. In an effort to use his new talents for protecting others, Les finds himself in a predicament to save himself.
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- Making of Special
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I would suggest not reading too much about the plot because honestly I felt the way they promoted this movie was right, they just stuck to telling you he takes an experimental drug and gets super powers. But the synopsis on just about every site out there spoils a fairly early "twist" and I ddon't see any reason for it.
Without giving much away this movie has a lot of really nice "human" moments. Those moments that most people out there can really connect to the character with. Some are funny, some are sad, some are just plain strange.
But one thing this movie doesn't do is disappoint.
If you are unsure, either download it from Amazon Unbox or rent the movie from your preferred renter, but definitely give this movie a shot, you may find, like me, that it will make a spot on your DVD shelf to call it's home.
Michael Rapaport is the perfect actor to play this banal, awkward role, because he is believable. I look at him and (even back in the days of True Romance) still find it hard to believe he's a Hollywood entity. There is a looseness, an ineptitude, and lack of panache that Rapaport delivers (whether on purpose or naturally) that makes me despise him just a little bit. The movie is entertaining. There are moments of clarity and confusion in equal abundance. One ventures into the outskirts of mainstream Hollywood to be amazed, horrified, cleverly entertained with the removal of big-budget persuasiveness. Special gets several nods but in the end Rapaport's mewling undercuts the cleverness of the film. It comes off as bland. It plays like a grad student's film project. There are better films out there. It's worth a rent. Not sure that it's worth a buy. I just expected a bit more.
For those that like this kind of open ended story telling, it's not a bad movie.
(Magnet Films, 2009)
This is an intense, and rather depressing film about a mild-mannered Joe Schmoe (wonderfully played by Michael Rapaport) who thinks he has tapped into his hidden superpowers after he takes part in an experimental drug program. Is what he experiences real or not? Well, the film actually answers this question immediately: he is in fact delusional, but because his delusions involve a sense of power and invulnerability, he soon places himself in great physical danger.
Rapaport is quite good in this role, giving a moving, multi-layered performance, and he is generally matched by his supporting cast. (Particularly strong are his schlubby friends, who own a comicbook store -- their reactions to the announcement that their friend has superpowers is *not* what you'd expect.) Although towards the finish, this film becomes unrelentingly bleak and harsh, it is an interesting exploration of the psychology and mythology of "specialness" which pervades American culture. Are we all special? Should we hope to be? Here's one perspective that you might not have seen before... And certainly a strong role for Rapaport, whose puppy-dog qualities have seldom been used so well. (Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film blog)
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About a guy that writes parking tickets who takes part in a medical study. He begins to think he has special abilities. He creates a 'super' suit and aspires to be a crime fighter. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ellison
Can't avoid a spoiler on this one. Lonely guy who is into comic and has superhero posters get into a drug test and gains superpowers, or so he thinks. Read morePublished 8 months ago by John S. Socha
This is a great movie. A good combination of funny and "makes you think".Published 17 months ago by D
Great movie, Michael Rapaport knocked it out of the park with his performance. Everyone is on point in this film, and I felt it was a very clever movie.Published 17 months ago by Daniel
Great take on "real" supper heroes". Maybe Rapaports best.Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
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