Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Sep 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A band of deserters during the English Civil War are captured by an alchemist who forces them to help him find a buried treasure.
My Take on it – In my attempt to watch all of Ben Wheatley’s films for this months Director’s Chair being hosted by Tony over at the LAMB, I decided to watch this film.
I knew absolutely nothing about what it was about and after watching it, I don’t think a premise would have really helped.
This film was extremely boring and crazy and it makes so little sense and comes across as being completely incomprehensible.
The characters all seem quite similar to one another and it’s not easy to tell them apart which makes things even more confusing.
The film bases much of its premise on the fact that the characters are unwittingly forced to take hallucinogenic mushrooms which makes them constantly see things in a euphoric light.
The filming of their experiences is quite jarring and takes away from any kind of enjoyment one could have of this story.
I suppose that the best (and perhaps only) way to truly enjoy this film is if one were to ingest the same kind of hallucinogens as the characters and that would put the viewer in the same mind-frame as the character and then, maybe, one could conceivably make heads and tails of this completely screwy film that even at 90 minutes drags on for much too long.
Bottom Line – Horrendously boring film that does nothing because it is most incomprehensible. The characters all seem very similar and sometimes it’s extremely hard to differentiate between them along the way. The hallucinogenic aspect of the film is quite jarring and that takes away from trying to enjoy it all. Perhaps if one is under the influence of some kind of hallucinagen, this film actually makes some sense. Complete waste of time and brain power.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Released simultaneously at cinemas, in stores, on TV and VoD on the 5th of July 2013. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)
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