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The Chosen One (2010)
More heart than anything else
I was going into this experience prepared for another one of Schneider's comedies such as Male Gigolo. I was pleasantly surprised by how much this wasn't a typical Schneider movie. Although it wasn't a very good movie it had some moments of fine acting from Schneider.
The character he portrays is going through a crisis in which he has lost his wife to a yoga instructor. On top of that he isn't really enjoying his work anymore. So he tries to commit suicide, something his father tried as well but unlike Schneiders character actually accomplished. In the midst of what is going on in his life, four people from a south American tribe show up at his doorstep and tell him he's the one to save the world.
Judging by the outline of the plot it isn't really easy to tell what kind of movie it is. Especially when the movie is said to be a comedy. But for me it was a better than expected. The moments when Schneider's character was vulnerable were in my opinion his best work to date. I could have done without the small gestures of comedy though, for it would have been a much better film if it was taking itself a little more serious.
Now, the movie itself is quite weak. The story is a bit much and over the top. The comedy is for the most part shoved right in there without proper tact. The dialog is so hollow that it is used solely for the purpose of moving things along. Even the compositing with green screen material looked like it was done by an intern. But damn it if the monologues from Schneider didn't get to me. Those were delivered with such heart and compassion that it almost saves the movie for me. But in the end, that is all there was to praise the movie for. And although it isn't enough for me to actually buy this DVD, I will await the next Schneider movie hoping it to be made with the amount of heart Schneider's has proved he has and not just another vehicle to keep his name going.
You know you shouldn't, but you laugh anyway.
I beg anyone who doesn't plan on seeing this because of the low budget to reconsider. If one wished to compare 305 with other parodies of 300 one would probably find that this film comes out on top.
The special effects are of coarse not the typical FX that you would find in a high budget film but they most definitely help make the movie what it is... a silly, well made (taking the budget into account), and for lack of a better phrase, "stupidly funny" film.
Another tip for whomever is reading. If you like the TV show 'The Office' and it's quick and perfectly timed humor, you will find a lot in 305 to your liking and at least appreciate the film for what it is, a silly film that makes you laugh even though you know you shouldn't.