I'll start out by admitting that I didn't finish Visioneers. It was just that off-putting to me. It is really quirky and really understated, but it is also extremely dull and lifeless. It thinks it is being original and funny, but it isn't. I was struck by just how boring and lifeless the film. The dialogue is weak, the characters aren't interesting. I understand that the actors talk in a drab kind of way to get the point of monotony across, but everything the film was doing seemed like drab filmmaking of the worst kind. A movie can't be original and lifeless. Well it can, but it will fail like Visioneers. It's hard to put words to describe my hatred for this movie.
I didn't expect too much going in. The plot synopsis didn't really jump out at me. Done in a intelligent way, it has potential to be somewhat interesting, but nothing more. The way the film was done, it didn't even reach the point of somewhat interesting. The selling point for me were two actors I really like in Zach Galifianakis and the underrated and underused Judy Greer. These two actors aren't stars by any means and they can't carry a movie that doesn't have good dialogue or a good story. So they couldn't even come close to saving the travesty that was this movie. Their acting wasn't bad, they just had absolutely nothing to work with.
I wouldn't recommend this to my worst enemy. One of the most depressing films I've watched in a long time, not because of the content, but because of how fucking dull it was. This is one of those movies that I just can't even begin to describe everything I disliked about it. All I can say is don't watch it. Galifianakis may be funny, but with this material, you won't laugh. You'll end up shutting it off 45 minutes in like I did. If you can make it to the end, more power to you. But I wasn't going to put myself through anymore torture.
My good buddy Zibbs managed to take the words right out of my mouth. I too thought that this film was like a strange combination of Office Space and Equilibrium. It's a very bleak comedy, set in a future dystopian society, where your hero is Zach Galifianakis as sad sack George. There are some good elements to this film, but certainly not for anyone looking for a solid 90 minutes of easy laughs and nothing deeper
George is a third level employee at the Jeffers Corporation, 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.
This film certainly fits Galifiankis' brand of alternative comedy, taking a very bleak setting and running with it. There are moments of irony and satirical plays on life later on in the film, but for the most part, you are pretty much stuck with George's depressing existence.
All that being said, for a small production, this is a well put together film. It's pretty slow and piles on a few too many subplots, but its certainly a different kind of film to watch.
Sara: 'Happiness is: being happy.'... What the fuck am I supposed to do with that?
A satire on western values, and entertainingly dull (which is possibly the point) with some pertinent jabs along the way.
Jared (director) and Brandon (writer) Drake have crafted together a film with a very simple moral, but have managed to create one of the most fascinating cultures I have ever witnessed in a film. I was blown away; which is fitting, since the film revolves around George Washington Winsterhammerman (descendant of the original G.W.), who notices that everybody around him has started to explode.
The exploding epidemic takes this fantasy world by storm. The keys to avoiding it are being productive, and happy. One way to be happy is to eat butter. And don't forget fried chicken. Fried Chicken is delicious, after all. Unfortunately, George soon succumbs to the first symptom of explosions - dreams.
This has quickly become my most quoted film, which is unfortunate since it seems only 7 people on flixster have currently seen it. Quirky, imaginative, with a fantastic message and an even better ending. At any point where you fear you're losing track of the film, a character always seems to pop up and soliloquize their inner turmoil at just the right moment. Very highly recommended, and I sincerely hope this will be the launchpad for the Drake brothers to become bigger players in the film world.
I love the cinematography in this film. The movie's plot is like a combination of "Office Space," "i <3 huckabees," and "Equilibrium." This formula may work for some abstract thinkers, but the majority of viewers will be unimpressed. I know I really enjoyed the first half of the film; but once the second half stops being satirical, the movie begins to lose its charm.
"They don't even know they're doing the same thing as everyone else, just using a different name, entertaining themselves, missing it... Lying. None of them care about pole vaulting or dreams."