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Visioneers (2008)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  2008 (USA)
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When people begin exploding from stress, George Washington Winsterhammerman tries to ignore the epidemic and live his usual life, but then he suffers his first symptom.

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George
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Michelle
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Sahra
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Julieen (as James LeGros)
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Jeffers
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Rodger
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Todd
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Cindy
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Mack Luster
Anthony L. Fuller Jr. ...
Missionary #2
Joe Rosati ...
Jeffers Agent #1
Mycol Comolli ...
Jeffers Agent #2
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The Jeffers Corporation is a world success, endorsed by the U.S. President, pitching productivity and happy talk. George is a third level employee, supervising three or four others. Around the world, people are exploding as the stress of denying feelings takes its toll. The Jeffers' response: mind control. George and his wife are miserable: he's impotent with occasional fits of infantile pique. She's reading a book on happiness, trying everything. His brother, released from prison, starts of freedom-of-expression movement in George's backyard. Plus there's Charisma, a woman from Level Four who sends him paperwork - with smiley faces. Can George connect? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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George's house in the movie is Jared Drake (Director) and Brandon Drake's (Writer) parent's house. In an effort to get the movie made under any budget, the brothers chose many locations that they knew they could use for free. See more »

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[first lines]
Maddie: Jeffers morning, George.
[gives him the finger]
George: Jeffers morning.
[returns the finger]
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A fantastic bittersweet satire
13 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This quite a good film and it is very unfortunate that it's been so underrated and not well known. The film revolves around the efforts of a very mediocre, average and silent man to avoid being overcome by stress. To make things even more "stressful" the film takes place in an alternate universe where people literally explode when they are unhappy and stressed. Things such as having dreams and being different are discouraged, since scientists don't know what exactly leads to spontaneous explosions but they suspect that these are underlying causes. In fact, if you have dreams, it's advised to visit a doctor immediately.

The film tries to impress the message of how disgustingly repressing and sad are our lives in a corporate capitalist system such as exists in the US today, how marriages that shouldn't have happened for the sake of marrying someone and that lack communication are basically uncomfortable space sharing, how driving an expensive boat and car is meaningless and how therapy sessions, books and TV shows that try to teach you how to be happy are poor prescriptions to tolerable living.

The film also shows how the opposition of this lifestyle as exists today is not a rebellion but a mere conformity. The film argues that people who try to live alternative lifestyles, such as hippies, are nothing more than people trying to escape the system by alternative forms of entertainment, other than just watching TV like the rest of the "normal" people do. In essence, they are doing nothing to fix the situation, but they merely try to make it tolerable to themselves by pretending to be children again.

There is also a comment to be made about the urbanization of the countryside and natural environment.

The main message of the film is the death of dreams and emotions that we suffer in order to enter this kind of society and how the human psyche is tormented to the point of numbing itself and thinking that things such as money, success in the workplace and attractiveness are the symbol of happiness. A human in this system becomes so twisted that he desperately tries to convert anyone not in the system to follow this repressing lifestyle.

I did not expect such an excellent film by these two young creators. Also Zach Galifanakis is excellent in his role. It might seem quite easy to act like he does, but the feeling of sadness and repression he conveys is absolutely spot-on. Indeed, a great film if you are in the mood for some philosophical cinema.


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