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The Minus Man [DVD] [1999]

  • SKU: 16640752
  • Release Date: 04/15/2008
  • Rating: R

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    The Minus Man
    Notable as the directorial debut of Blade Runner co-scripter Hampton Fancher, this darkly comic thriller stars affable Owen Wilson as Vann Siegert, a different brand of serial killer: one who actually believes he's doing his deeply depressed victims a service of mercy. Wandering up the West Coast, Vann chooses victims from a parade of colorful social misfits -- including a haggard junkie (singer Sheryl Crow) whose pain he ends with a nip from his flask of poison amaretto -- and expounds on his motives with a pocket tape recorder (a drawling monologue that serves as the film's narrative voice-over). A brief layover in Owensville eventually finds Vann in the company of quarreling middle-aged couple Doug and Jane (Brian Cox and Mercedes Ruehl), who grow fond of the young drifter's amiable demeanor and take him on as a boarder. After landing a job at the local post office, Vann catches the eye of co-worker Ferrin (Janeane Garofalo), and a tentative romance blossoms -- but even love can't distract Vann from his crusade to terminate people's unhappiness: "They come to me like moths, because I shine," he explains. Though not the complex psychological game it purports to be, The Minus Man is an intriguing character study -- imagine a kindler, gentler version of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer -- with some clever twists and fine performances, including a touching portrayal from the usually acerbic Garofalo. Geared more to the art-movie crowd than to fans of Hitchcockian thrills, this film opened to raves at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Owen Wilson
      Owen Wilson - Vann Seigert
    • Brian Cox
      Brian Cox - Doug
    • Mercedes Ruehl
      Mercedes Ruehl - Jane
    • Janeane Garofalo
      Janeane Garofalo - Ferrin
    • Dwight Yoakam
      Dwight Yoakam - Blair

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      Bland Serial Killer "Drama"


      Fans to Owen Wilson and Janeane Garafalo will prefer this movie for all its mellow acting. Wilson plays a bland, everyman serial poisoner who travels and blathers on his indecisive life as a murderer while striking a relation with Garafalo as a mail carrier to a sleepy suburb. Slow, dull ending, dull acting...except the first 10 minute cameo of Sheryl Crow who you feel like dying along side her before the movie is over. A movie about the "every day blandness" of sociopaths. Feh.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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