Disheartened when his story about Canadian snipers possibly mutilating corpses in Afghanistan is buried, Luke (Nick Stahl) quits his job but is even more determined to return to Afghanistan... See full summary »
A decent but troubled young man is sent to a psychiatric institution for the criminally insane and soon finds himself in a fight for his life battling ghosts inside his head and very real enemies all around him.
Kalamity is the story of three lifelong friends, two of which go through a break up at the same time. One of them, (Nick Stahl) is saddened, if not quietly psychotic and the other (Jon Jackson) goes remarkably crazy, pointing guns at people's heads and beating up his defenseless friend, (Christopher Clark), who it seems was added to the story just to push around. Soon, Jackson's girlfriend disappears and we're left to wonder who did it and what's going to happen next. Unfortunately, we know what happened and what's probably going to happen from the very first scene. Why? Because the riddle to the mystery is blatantly obvious from the very first scene.
Kalmaity is not noir and barely thriller because it never really does come up with any intensity. The movie can't be called a mystery either because we know from the start what happened. It is a belligerent story about how insane one person can go, (over a devastating break up). It's more of an antagonist based script and Jackson is not able to give any reason or depth. Instead he walks around in an under-lit daze with an animalistic look in his eye saying things like " I could kill somebody."
Unfortunately, there is really no room for our hero. Stahl looks bored throughout the movie and is never able to capture anything about his character to make anything around him interesting... He's perhaps the least active hero I've ever seen. His mission seems to be to stand around with his hands in his pockets while his best friend goes on a killing spree. Is his apparent apathy for the roll somehow connected with his character's stagnation? I don't know, but it's one of the few interesting questions the film brings up.
The bones of the story are admirable because it attempts to stray from typical screen writing but it's never able to get off the ground. The dialogue is clunky and it's surrounded by performances by professional actors with nothing to do but stand around until this anti climactic experiment ends.
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