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Totally and overwhelmingly stupid script
Bottom of the World has to be nominated for one of the worst movies ever. The story made no sense and had some of the worst acting I have ever seen. The plot is that a young couple, Alex and Scarlett are on some sort of road trip, possibly travelling to California. Jena Malone plays Scarlett and she is one of the worst actresses I have ever seen. The guy who plays Alex looks like he could have used a good nap. The couple stays at a hotel and then all of a sudden things get weird. Scarlett soon disappears and Alex is confused as to what happened. A mysterious man in a hood may know, a television preacher may know, or maybe no one knows. The preacher was played by Ted Levine, wasted here. His role was confusing and meaningless. He was actually Scarlett's(?) father. Alex then "wakes up" and he has a different life, living with a different woman named Paige. He lives in a big fancy house and SPOILER, ends up living next door to the woman he thought was Scarlett, except she's not Scarlett and only knows Alex as her neighbor. Alex starts freaking out, questioning reality in the most absurd ways. The peas scene was so stupid. He starts drifting more and more into a confused state. Paige, his wife, sees him getting "sicker and sicker" yet does not seek to get him help. Also, her and Alex are never working, so how did they get the big fancy house. Alex tries to piece together why things are not how he remembers them. The story takes confusing turn after confusing turn. Even when some unexpected things happen or are explained, you are still left wondering "WTF?" Did i mention that Jena Malone is one of the worst actresses EVER? The whole movie was basically nothing, because what you were watching, wasn't really happening. The characters you started watching, weren't who they seemed and as in a better pyschological movie, Sixth Sense, there are some scenes which might have you second guessing and possibly watching them over to see if you pick up on any hints, except here, the movie was so bad, you wouldn't want to watch it again, if you actually made it to the end, the first time. I should have known this movie was trash when the lead actress started telling a story that was so horrible that if true, she was really a POS human being. After all the non-sense of the movie, turns out, she really was a POS human being. Then again, this movie was also a POS.
The unsettling dreamlike quality of Bottom of the World, the alternation of its setting between suburbia and southwestern Americana, and the hazy dream pop layering its soundtrack should be appealing to fans of David Lynch or anyone who just likes a good mystery in general.
This movie is really good when you realise the true plot - here's my theory anyway. *spoilers* Alex was the disabled man (Wayne) that Scarlett basically tortured and killed. Alex doesn't know he's dead so he's in limbo. Scarlett was evil so she was in hell (The motel represents hell, every time Alex tries to drive himself and Scarlett out of hell/the motel she gets sick and has to go back) Because Alex was disabled in real life, God couldn't decide wether he was a good or bad person and wether we he was worthy of heaven or hell, so while in limbo (or purgatory) Alex has to figure out who he is, where he is, why he's there and how to get out. He see's a taste of hell first in the motel with Scarlett, and he sees a taste of heaven in the home with his "wife" who tells him to forget about the outside world and be on the right path with her. What happens is, he realises he was the disabled man who Scarlett killed and Scarlett sits in front of him saying "I did all of this to you, I'm right here you can just kill me now" and instead of turning the other cheek (what God would want and deem worthy of being a good person and gaining entry to heaven) Alex kills Scarlett and bury's her body. Therefore he either goes to hell or a loop restarts where he stays in purgatory so he can have a chance at choosing to be good or bad and this restarts the loop (which would be the start of the movie again).
Basically Lost Highway but much worse. Could have been much better had the writer/director tried putting more of a personal take on it instead of completely copying Lynch(which is impossible). Still entertaining though
Bottom of the World already had a head start with a good cast. But that's about it really. The plot was confusing, boring and weak. There wasn't any good interaction between any of the characters. I feel as though the cast didn't have much to go on for their roles which lead to this disaster of a film. No one really seemed to know what they were doing or who they were trying to be. The movie was lacking drama, romance, thrills, horror, action, adventure. All the stuff that makes a good movie. In all honesty I strongly recommend you not watch this movie for it is a complete and utter waste of time. Trash.
The acting was good but the movie was horrendously bad..sob ..... wasted time ......
A puzzle of a movie. It requires some work but worth it!
This twisted little independent film is sparse and a hell of a mind bender.
This is a “Twilight Zone” type of story, that is way too long, and not a good as any of the episodes on TV. It tried to be creative but failed and was confusing and boring instead. See something else, you will never get back the hour and 1/2.