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Movie review: John Dies at the End

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Movie review: John Dies at the End

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A new drug called Soy Sauce is invading the popular drug scene, and with it those who use it. A drug with intent, Soy Sauce uses you and if it can't, it kills you. When John and Dave stumble across Soy Sauce they realize it is up to them to stop the invading drug before humanity is consumed.

Chase Williamson (Dave), Rob Mayes (John), Paul Giamatti (Arnie), Clancy Brown (Marconi), Glynn Turman (Detective), Doug Jones (North), Daniel Roebuck (Largeman), Fabianne Therese (Amy), Tai Bennet (Marley).

John Dies at the End begins with some background before setting into flashback mode to give us the rest of the movie. The plot is a bit convoluted with plenty of distractions and side stories while at the same time driving toward a conclusion. Throw in some interesting humor and this one becomes just plain bizarre. Along the lines of Donnie Darko or Buckaroo Banzi, John Dies at the End is quite possibly destined to become a cult classic. At a minimum a well done B-movie with some good laughs and psychotic storyline.

Acting was surprisingly good here with Williamson and Mayes both doing well in their parts and bringing some good laughs. Giamatti felt like he was right at home in his role, as did Brown. Turman was another solid contributor and the remainder of the supporting cast was entertaining if not amusing.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good with only a few rough spots. Effects were decent with the CGI fitting the film very well. Physical effects were mild but good. Dialogue was unusual and added interesting dimension to the film while moving the plot along at the same time. Sound and soundtrack were both good.

Overall John Dies at the End is an interesting and unusual psychological trip down a very entertaining rabbit hole. Those who enjoy somewhat dark and unusual films will enjoy this the most while those who expect traditional, logic based plots will probably dislike the film.

With plenty of violence, gore, nudity, foul language, and drug content save this for older teens and above.

Released: 2012
Reviewed: 10.12.13
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Supernatural Horror, Cult films

copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel

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