The Minus Man

"Terrible"

The Minus Man Review


I'm still trying to figure out how to look at The Minus Man. Either it's supposed to be a dark, black comedy, or it's supposed to be a thoughtful, pensive drama/thriller a la Sling Blade.

Either way, it's a dismal failure.

And it has so much going for it. Owen Wilson, who was so great in films like Bottle Rocket. Janeane Garofalo, who I like pretty much universally. Hampton Fancher, who adapted the screenplay for Blade Runner. What's not to like?

Turns out: Everything.

The Minus Man takes as its premise that your average, thirtysomething, white male is the most likely serial killer around. Vann (Owen Wilson) fits the profile perfectly, a quiet, blonde, super-polite drifter who poisons people at random. The town of Owensville is no different, as Vann randomly offs people, narrating to himself along the way along with two imaginary cops.

There's a romance of sorts, with Garofalo as a postal worker smitten with Vann, and her screen time turns out to be the only stuff worth watching. The rest of the film is interminable, boring, and ultimately plotless, meandering from scene to scene with no discernable direction. Frankly, I gave up on The Minus Man after 30 minutes. Turned out there were 90 more to go.

I don't know what the ultimate point of this film was supposed to be. That there are crazy people all around? That life and film can ultimately lack meaning? That rock stars (Sheryl Crow) can do whatever they want? That once-great actors and writers can produce junk now and again?

Methinks it's the lattermost.

Minus stars.



The Minus Man

Facts and Figures

Run time: 111 mins

In Theaters: Friday 8th October 1999

Box Office Worldwide: $370.7 thousand

Distributed by: Artisan Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
Fresh: 21 Rotten: 14

IMDB: 6.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , David L. Bushell

Starring: as Vann, as Doug, as Casper, as Blair, as Graves, Alex Warren as State Trooper, as Jane


Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Amy Movie Review

Amy Movie Review

As with his Formula One documentary Senna, filmmaker Asaf Kapadia cleverly uses archival footage to...

Terminator Genisys Movie Review

Terminator Genisys Movie Review

This declining franchise really needed a jolt to the head, but the producers disappointingly opt...

Magic Mike XXL Movie Review

Magic Mike XXL Movie Review

Resisting the temptation to capitalise on the camp value of these characters, Channing Tatum and...

She's Funny That Way Movie Review

She's Funny That Way Movie Review

Wacky enough to make us smile but never laugh out loud, this screwball comedy harks...

Advertisement
Everly Movie Review

Everly Movie Review

A relentless onslaught of violent action, this movie is notable mainly because there's a woman...

Slow West Movie Review

Slow West Movie Review

First-time feature filmmaker John Maclean takes a strikingly original approach to the Western, creating a...

Mr. Holmes Movie Review

Mr. Holmes Movie Review

Despite this being a film about Sherlock Holmes, the fact that it's not much of...

Entourage Movie Review

Entourage Movie Review

Both shameless and shamelessly entertaining, this relentlessly boyish movie carries on exactly as the TV...

Advertisement