Radio commentator, Thomas Bach, runs for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota. Through a circumstance, he ends up in the middle of L.A.'s brutal homeless community. What he does with his new awareness is pitted against the forces. of security.
A story about those who have fallen out of the system. A man who is not homeless, but upwardly mobile as an opinionated radio host, is about to step up to another plateau as a politician. His true nature is good, but his actions are motivated not by his nature, but by needs and wants that a system like ours seduces us with. A system where survival is awarded not to the fittest anymore, but to the cleverest. The downtrodden characters in "Monday Morning" are the hardcore homeless. Hopeless rather than homeless. For writer-director, Nat Christian, "Monday Morning" is when the mechanism of the city wakes up - car horns start honking, water sprinklers start gushing, trucks barrel down the road, workers hose the sidewalks, and the homeless people get out of the way. "Mature subject matter" and "Viewer Discretion" is definitely advised.Written by
I agree without the other reviewer who said that images and some philosophies in Monday Morning will offend some to the point that it will affect their opinion of the movie. I know from the reactions of my two roommates.
Two of us loved the movie. The other said he did not. But after some discussion about it, he said that he was actually moved by the movie and was drawn in, but that some of the images or scenes were so raw and realistic that it turned him off to the point that he took it out on the overall movie.
This makes me wonder about the lines between art, realistic depictions and what is acceptable in today's society. There are images in documentaries or channels like National Geographic, or paintings in museums that, out of context, could be considered "hard core". But within their contexts, they seem perfectly normal.
Monday Morning needs to depict what it shows uncensored. Too many times, in movies about this subject matter, some depictions are dealt with moor subtly. But to what effect? Certain movements in our times just lingered on and on until some noise was made by some. Then people took notice. Radicalism? Well, if it is cinematic radicalism, I'm all for it.
Monday Morning is a fictional story about a right wing radio personality, popular primarily in Minneapolis, who is asked by prominent politicians to run for the senate. He accepts, but first must make a trip to L.A. in order to take care of some personal business. Once in L.A. he is knocked out and loses his memory and wanders the streets as a homeless person (he is also diabetic). During this journey, he meets several homeless people and develops and affinity towards them. He then has to make a decision about what to do with his life
Written and directed by Nat Christian, Monday Morning is a very personal story about its characters that plays like an epic. The theme is epic, while the personal relations that the hero has with the homeless is very personal. The images, that caused such an adverse reaction with one of my roommates, are necessary, potent and effective. I realized, as did others, that this stuff is going on with these homeless people everyday. Yes, they beg, but they also experience very real and horrific episodes every day. Christian knows this and does not hide from it. He'll probably take the bad with the good as a result of it. No matter what, Christian's story and visuals are haunting. His actors are terrific.
Victor Browne plays the lead role of Thomas Bach with heart and honesty. He has the task of observing a lot of the time, and he does an effective job of allowing us to feel for what he sees. He is supported by a talented cast - Molly Kidder, who lends a sophistication reminiscent of some actresses from the past; Jessica Spotts, who delivers a powerfully sad picture of a homeless mom on drugs; and Christian himself who turns in a humorous and poignant portrayal of a homeless vet.
Robert Pike Daniel and Robert Axelrod and Ken Melchior also turn in excellent performances.
Monday Morning is the kind of movie that makes you think about it or still see the images after the movie is over.
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