Movie Review – ‘Swiss Army Man’

Film buffs need to stand up and applaud “Swiss Army Man”.  This daring, odd and thought-provoking film is a bold statement that proves outside-the-box minds still exist in filmmaking. 

Patrick King, REEL BRIEF

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Watch out moviegoers, Hollywood has once again found its wild side.  For nearly a decade, filmmakers have inundated audiences with television reboots, movie prequels, sequels, and trilogies, along with steady rollouts of best-selling books-to-big-screen adaptations.  All of which has made film plots safer, more predictable from the bottom-line focused studios, but less challenging to fresh-starved audiences.

As independent (“indie”) films have gained award-winning popularity for their creativity and edginess, so has viewers’ appetite for originality and unique storylines.

Film buffs need to stand up and applaud “Swiss Army Man”.  This daring, odd and thought-provoking film is a bold statement that proves outside-the-box minds still exist in filmmaking.  Newcomer feature film directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan co-wrote this ambitious, yet strange, narrative about loneliness and the human mind.

SWISS ARMY MAN (2016) Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano

                      SWISS ARMY MAN (2016) Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano

“Swiss Army Man” showcases the two best performances in one film so far in 2016. Future Oscar-winner Paul Dano portrays Hank, a man deserted on a Pacific island until the corpse of Manny (played by “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe) washes ashore to provide Hank companionship and his will to survive.

Together, Hank and Manny discover the power of love, humor and self-reflection.  We see how the brain works, connecting our inner childhood experiences and influences with the images recorded for dissemination once faced with a survival situation.

The human body—and all its functions—gets fully examined in a beautiful, often funny, but strange, loving and shocking manner.  Over time, we find Hank’s journey therapeutic and empowering.

“Swiss Army Man” is a powerful story about human beings.  Its bold delivery is both effective and original.  Dano and Radcliffe are sensational at breathing life and emotion into one’s lifelong struggle.

A film like nothing you’ve seen before…with an ending you have no idea how it will wrap. Hollywood creativity and freshness is back!

Grade: B+

“Swiss Army Man” is rated R for language and sexual material.  Its running time is 1 hour and 35 minutes.

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