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3.7 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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Les Franken (Michael Rapaport) is a kind-hearted and soft-spoken man who loves reading comic books. He s the type of guy who most people walk by on the street without even
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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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Rapaport
  • Directors: Hal Haberman, Jeremy Passmore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment - Mongrel Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MYIXAM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,026 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Special" on IMDb

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By P. Fulbright on April 4, 2009
Format: DVD
Anyone who is a fan of Michael Rappaport is sure to love this movie but even if you aren't a known fan of his, this movie has a lot to offer.

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.
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When adventuring off the grid to low-budget independent movies one usually is pleasantly inspired by plot, acting, and the depth of character that main-stream Hollywood usually reserves for Oscar-winner-type pictures. Special is the story of an everyday sort of nobody (Michael Rapaport) who works as a meter man and loves silly comics. When he takes part in an experimental drug program he discovers another world. The pills he is taking gives him incredible super powers. What does an everyday sheep do with telepathy, levitation, teleportation? Watch and see.

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.

Meh.
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This was not at all what I was expecting. I thought it would be a quirky and fun take on a man who gains superpowers, but there is nothing fun about this movie. It's very sad and depressing. The only laughs this movie provides is when Les runs himself into walls thinking he can phase through them, but the movie is so serious you just feel bad for him. What is happening to him as a result of the drug testing is really, really awful. The ending is left open to too much interpretation for my taste. I found myself wanting to know about the repercussions of this story than the story itself, and without that it left me very unsatisfied.

For those that like this kind of open ended story telling, it's not a bad movie.
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This is what I watch movies for. This is what keeps me searching through the endless piles of junk. This movie is a story that will linger. Completely memorable, and brilliant! One of the best movies I've seen in a while.
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"Special"
(Magnet Films, 2009)
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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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I don't know what prompted to watch this movie. But I am so very glad I took the leap! You are involved with the main character's journey from the beginning and want so much for his changes to be real. His tenacity is almost heartbreaking. Rapport has always been a good actor and he carries this film so wonderfully. You should not miss this one!
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Really unusual show. Seems to get into the psychology behind the protagonist and antagonists and explores greed, psychosis, belief systems. This is not an action movie and fairly cerebral, but definitely an interesting show.
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