On April 8, 2000, aspiring artist Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) became a victim of a violent assault when five men beat him up and left him for dead. Following the attack, Mark was left with little to no memory of his previous life due to brain damage inflicted by his attackers. In a desperate attempt to regain his memories, Hogancamp constructs a miniature World War II village called Marwen in his yard to help in his recovery. Unfortunately, Mark's demons come back to haunt him when he's asked to testify against the five men that attacked him..
The furniture truck in the opening scene has the name on the side 'Allied' which was the title of Robert Zemeckis's previous film and which also dealt with World War II. See more »
Talking with Nicol, Mark says that Deja Thoris has a magic glove that "can zap anyone she doesn't like 15 million light-years in the future".
A light-year is a unit of distance, not time: it's the distance covered by the light in a year. See more »
I know, but you have to love the pain, Hogie. Like the wise man said, "Our pain is our rocket fuel." It reminds us of our strength.
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I don't understand why the reviews are so bad. This is an original, unique story based on real events (that isn't a remake or a superhero movie) that I wouldn't have known about were it not for this film. I also liked the animation used to tell Mark's story. Sure, some of the dialogue wasn't great and the writing could have been better, but it didn't ruin the experience for me, or the rest of my life for that matter. Anyway, don't take my word for it or anyone else's, see for yourself because movies like this are rare nowadays.
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