Monday, August 17, 2009

Under 250: Choke

Deliciously perverse, poignant, and unique, Sam Rockwell, Kelly Macdonald, and Angelica Huston bring humanity and realness to Choke, the film version of Chuck Palahniuk's novel of the same name. Victor Mancini is a sex addict and early America theme park worker seeking to reach out to his mentally and physically ill mother. As she slips further and further into dementia and closer to death, Victor delves deeper into his own fantasies as he attempts to cure both her and himself, and uncover his real father (one of the greatest aspects of the story).

Clark Gregg (you know him as the mousy S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Iron Man) does a stunning directing job here, weaving the fantastical elements of the story together expertly and with undeniable realism, without sacrificing the fantasy, heart, and hilarity of insanity and Palahniuk's original work. The film is often hard and uncomfortable to watch, not unlike the source material, making it all the more intriguing.

4.5 out of 5

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