The Minus Man (1999)
Movie InfoThe directorial debut of Hampton Fancher, the screenwriter of Ridley Scott's science fiction cult classic Blade Runner, The Minus Man is a slow paced drama about an introverted man called Vann Siegart Owen Wilson, who gets involved in an act of euthanasia when he comes across an asthmatic junkie. Helping her die triggers a chain of encounters with troubled people who all seem to think Vann can help them. In a seaside town in the Pacific Northwest, he rents a place in the home of an unhappily married couple, Doug and Jane. Doug helps him get a job at the local post office where fellow worker Ferrin gets attracted to Vann. What is more, she is not the only troubled soul attracted to Vann. A reluctant high school football hero, an irritated restaurant owner, the list is endless. Vann begins to have blackouts and vivid daydreams of being questioned by the police. It seems to be that his days are numbered, but fate always plays an active role in his strange carrier. Based on a well-known novel by Leo McCreary, the film features a striking cast including rock singer Sheryl Crow, country singer Dwight Yoakam (as a cop who seems to be hot-wired directly into Vann's mind) and Mercedes Ruehl best remembered for her Oscar winning performance as Jeff Bridges' long time suffering girlfriend in The Fisher King. The Minus Man was in competition at the Montreal World Film Festival 1999. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Minus Man
A sociopathic serial poisoner provides everyone with the nihilistic zero they need in this intelligent and disheartening dramatic thriller for Generation Blank.
A powerful performance by Wilson....and believe me, you've never seen him like this!
Horrible character piece. Nothing happens and you don't care why.
The film's measured pace might not be for every viewer, but it added greatly to the tension.
Coming at a time when people seem to be looking outwards for causes of violence, this movie challenges us to instead reflect inwards.
An odd, odd (did I say odd) portrait of a serial killer set against a backdrop that is plum smack in the middle of white bread, Ozzie and Harriet, America.
...too sluggish and too dispassionate to make much of an impression.
Too many pieces of the puzzle are left out in what comes off as a rather strained and obvious attempt to leave things up for discussion.
Audience Reviews for The Minus Man
A very disappointing attempt of a psychological thriller about a murderer in the shape of a regular guy. While Owen Wilson turns out be be very convincing despite of his comedy background, and the rest of the cast is pretty good too, somehow the movie just isn't very interesting. The killer poisons one victim after the other rather randomly and yet nothing exciting happens. No suspense, no surprises, just a few rather odd scenes of imaginary dialogues with policemen.
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