He Was A Quiet Man (2006)
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A man at the end of his emotional rope finally explodes, but not in a way anyone would have expected in this offbeat independent drama. Bob Maconel (Christian Slater) is a middle-aged nebbish working in an office building where few people know who he is and fewer still care. Bob has developed a seething hatred and resentment of those around him, and has taken to carrying a gun to work in the hope that one day he'll have the courage to take down some of his co-workers. However, one day another
Nov 30, 2007 Wide
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With the right audience He Was a Quiet Man might well play as black comedy. But Slater, disappearing into his role, brings a note of earnest desperation to his performance that's hard to laugh at, and hard to look away from.
Slater does well to soften the lines of his no-hoper caricature, but writer-director Cappello steers his film to nowhere particularly memorable.
Imagine Marty if Marty had turned out to be the Unabomber and you'll have the gist of writer-director Frank Cappello's oddly compelling, pitch-black comedy.
He's [Christian Slater] still a capable actor, but seems to be having as much trouble finding good scripts as his Heathers co-star Winona Ryder.
He Was a Quiet Man devolves near the end, but it has enough memorable moments (a comic-turned-horrible karaoke sequence is a highlight) to merit a cautious recommendation.
Occasionally works as a black comedy, but there's nothing real or true in it
The nightmare is enhanced by Slater's gonzo performance. It's great to see the once mighty king of cool challenged in Quiet Man with a complex role that Slater bites down hard on.
Slater really sells Bob's tormented inner soul in a very appealing way; he feels like a real person inside his insane world.
At the end you are just left admiring one of Slater's best ever performances.
Christian Slater's dedicated performance aside, He Was A Quiet Man tries to be both a black comedy and a drama, each ultimately undermining the other.
Although the budget is low and the plot uneven, it's got a certain cultish charm that should appeal to disaffected office workers.
Combining the mordant observations of The Office with the twisted romance of Boxing Helena, this macabre farce is an acquired taste, whose fantastical flourishes and toilet humour merely heighten the unsettling perversity of the whole.
An enjoyable satire is let down by a third act that juggles too many ideas for its own good.
Audience Reviews for He Was A Quiet Man
- Bob Maconel: As the fish: The bitch lied.
- Scott Harper: Forget golf on Sunday you f**king freak.
- Paula: I'd be more than honored if you wanted to look inside my blouse.
- Venessa Parks: Finish what Coleman started.
- Bob Maconel: But I only killed one man...
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