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Visioneers (2008)

R | | 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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Jared Drake

Writer:

Brandon Drake
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Cast

Credited cast:
Zach Galifianakis ... George
Judy Greer ... Michelle
Mía Maestro ... Charisma
Missi Pyle ... Sahra
James Le Gros ... Julieen (as James LeGros)
D.W. Moffett ... Jeffers
Matthew Glave ... Rodger
Chris Coppola ... Todd
Fay Masterson ... Cindy
Ryan McCann ... Mack Luster
Anthony L. Fuller Jr. Anthony L. Fuller Jr. ... Missionary #2
Joe Rosati Joe Rosati ... Jeffers Agent #1
Mycol Comolli Mycol Comolli ... Jeffers Agent #2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angela Adto Angela Adto
Dale Bowers Dale Bowers ... TV Couple Man
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Very Big Stress See more »

Filming Locations:

Fall City, Washington, USA See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maddie: Jeffers morning, George.
[gives him the finger]
George: Jeffers morning.
[returns the finger]
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Darker than you might think.
17 July 2012 | by reuben-18See all my reviews

Trailers are strange beasts that often hugely misrepresent the tone of a film. I'm not sure if I enjoy the mischievous manipulation involved, or hate the mistrust that it generates. A little of both, I guess.

Visioneers is one such example: the trailer comes across as a fairly light-hearted, quirky romantic comedy.

In reality, however, this film deserves to sit beside 1984 and Blade Runner as dark and disturbing visions of dystopian futures. While it starts out with the uncomfortable humor you'd expect from a Zach Galifianakis film, the atmosphere of oppression builds over the course of the movie to become almost unbearable. This film makes Requiem for a Dream seem like an episode of 'friends'. The central character, George, lives robotically both in his dull office job and at home in a loveless marriage. The world around him is full of deadpan absurdities, a parody of drab offices and mid life crises, with an undercurrent of hopelessness that rings a little too true to sit comfortably.

The way the theme of dreams is turned into a literal threat is done with obvious self-awareness, but it comes across like a bad cinematic pun. Its more carefully constructed distortions of reality are where it really shines, with its vapid self-help infomercials, eccentric mentor figures, and the mega-corporation as a cult. And the way George seems to communicate through much of the movie semi-telepathically instead of verbally may be strange and unsettling, but also mesmerizing. Thoroughly worth watching.


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