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 not familiar with JUNKIE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Indiecan Entertainment:
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!
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.
Regardless of whether I’m right or wrong, JUNKIE is an excellent head-trip of a movie and I recommend it to anyone who likes quirky, unique films. But don’t give it a look if you object to hard Rated R material; you will quickly find yourself upset. The film is available now in a variety of formats.