REVIEWS: Odd/Bizarre/Exploitation, Video — April 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm

REVIEW: God Bless America (2011) + trailer

Frank (Joel Murray) is your average Joe. Or so it seems. He’s divorced, got a daughter, who lives with her mom and stepfather, and who hates Frank, he’s got a lousy job, loud neighbors, and in general he’s upset about his life and people around him.

He’s upset to the point when he’s almost ready to take a gun and start blasting them away, just to relieve himself. And eventually, he gets pushed beyond this point, when all of a sudden, he gets fired from his job.

Add to that, Frank turns out to be terminally ill, and after losing his job, he believes there’s nothing else to lose. Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America.

He’s tired of seeing dull tv-shows, pathetic celebrities, lies and injustice around him and so on. So, he takes his gun and starts his (short) journey towards killing as much stupidest, cruelest, and repellent members of society as possible. Soon, he’s joined by a 16-year old rebel by the name of Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), who supports him, and joins him on his path.

Unlike the words above would want you to believe, this is not another horror movie about a bunch of folks spitting out their rage towards other (seemingly normal) people.

Bobcat Goldthwait (you remember “Zed” from the Police Academy series, right?) who wrote and directed this, managed to create a somewhat intelligent satire of what our modern society looks like. I can say that Goldthwait seems to be a better director than actor.

“God Bless America” is an R-rated dark comedy with lots of perversive language, nice dialogs and lots of killed people.

A comparison: God Bless America vs Hobo with a Shotgun

A lot of people might not agree with me, but this thought has come across my mind several times while I was watching “God Bless America”. Needless to say, the story is not a new one, yet it is presented in a nice way so a viewer could accept it. How does “God Bless America” compares to the infamous Rutger Hauer gorefest “Hobo with a Shotgun”?

*Both films use a similar tagline (“Taking out the trash, one jerk at a time”, “Delivering justice, one shell at a time”).
*Both films have a similar story (main character(s) gets pushed to the limit by the society around him/her and starts killing them off).

 

The difference is that while “Hobo with a Shotgun” is totally a B-movie, with lots of “pushed-over-the-limit” scenes, Bobcat Goldthwait’s film is more calm, had a bigger budget I assume, and is more for the general audience, that needs to be “awakened”.

The film features characters that we encounter either on TV or in our daily lives, just in the film they are much more vivid, and more annoying than ever. Frank and Roxy see them as pure evil, or should I say, trash, that America needs to be cleaned from.

Make no mistake, Frank and Roxy are not psychopaths. Frank has his own morals, he’s educated, and determined, while Roxy on the other hand, being underage, is rather smart for her age, and she feels exactly the same way as Frank.

In some way, I sympathize with them, not because they’re likeable characters, but for the plain fact that society indeed could have been a lot better with less of the people that “God Bless America” ruthlessly kills.

To sum up the review, I’d definitely recommend “God Bless America”, as the film is nicely made, its not a dull shoot-em-up flick, it actually delivers a message. Check it out, and think about the people you encounter every day, and yes, God Bless America…

BZFILM SCALE: 7/10

 



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