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Fred Goes Postal on Postal

Published May 22, 2008 in Movie Reviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Freestyle Releasing
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Uwe Boll has achieved a unique feat in cinema. Much like a joke that stops being funny but gets repeated so much it gets funny again, Boll makes movies that are so bad they're good that stop being so bad they're good and go back to being bad. Postal is even worse for trying to be funny.

Movie Review: Postal

The opening shows some potential. I mean, if it's going to be awful, just be the most awful thing you can be. The 9/11 terrorists debating the number of virgins like a low-rent Seinfeld/Tarantino riff totally soils the memories of all those on United 93. Hey, at least it's outrageous.

Those bit players were the best performers in the movie, because after that, everyone tries way too hard. The cast is mixed between real actors and newbies trying to get their SAG card and you can see the difference. Nothing personal, it's just inconsistent. Banal pratfalling does not go well with big taboos either.

Bad taste is fine, glorious even. There's just no joy in this. It just made me sad. Like they're really trying to be bold but they just play out scenarios to their obvious extremes. Taking numbers at the DMV is still banal even when crazy violence is happening. Even the wildest characters behave exactly as I'd expect, so there's really no shock value. You're saying Bush and Bin Laden are actually in cahoots? That sort of comment doesn't even make the Drudge Report home page these days.

The film does embrace just being the most repulsive exercise since Freddy Got Fingered (which I consider it a success. He set out to make a film that everyone would hate.) There are a few scattered bits like the cat silencer and the theme park kids, but animated shows on TV do that with creativity. I was never waiting, aghast or otherwise, to see what they'd do next. I was just bored.

Postal wants to be Zombie Strippers but it has no point of view. It's just a mish mash of incompetent efforts, down to delayed timing on simple reactions. The self-referential jokes don't work at all. This is not a joke that the filmmakers can be in on. We are laughing at you, not with you.

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