A once famous and now a washed-up Hollywood screenwriter fighting to finish his latest script with an unrealistic deadline. He finds himself in the center of a murder investigation involving a prominent politician’s wife. The surrounding events feed him inspiration for his script.
Story of “Mysteria” follows Aleister Bane (Robert Miano) who is a once famous, and now a washed-up Hollywood screenwriter. Bane is working under pressure: he’s broke, he’s behind schedule, and he has to complete his latest script, facing an unrealistic deadline.
Soon enough, he finds himself in the center of a murder investigation, involving a prominent politician’s wife. Reality and fiction start to mix in his mind, and the surrounding events feed him inspiration for his script.
The reason I started watching the film was the cast: Robert Miano, Danny Glover, Martin Landau, Michael Rooker, Peter Mark Richman – all deliver great performances. Billy Zane has a bit part as a movie producer here.
Miano shines as Bane, “Mysteria” really gives him a chance to showcase his acting abilities, and I must admit, he’s great. Too bad the better years of his career went unnoticed, and spent on playing secondary parts in movies a lot worse than this.
Next best to Miano goes Michael Rooker, who doesn’t seem to age at all – he looks pretty much the same as 10 years ago. He’s got a limited number of scenes, but he does his job right, a very good, dependable actor. Given his age, Martin Landau is as good as a “hotel manager” in a movie can be. Nothing to blame him for – he’s got his oscar already.
As for the film itself… what a horrible life of screenwriter can sometimes be.
“Mysteria” shows one talented man in his 50’s slowly going nuts, trying to solve a murder mystery, and at the same time trying to keep his act together (throughout the film Miano constantly smokes and drinks).
We see fictional and real characters get mixed in Bane’s mind so that towards the end of the film, its hard to realize what’s really going on.
Even if you wouldn’t fully understand the story, the film’s worth watching for acting alone.
Oh yes, Meadow Williams is an eye candy – she looks absolutely stunning in this (another reason to watch the film!). Check out the trailer below.
BZFILM SCALE: 5/10
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