Notes From Underground (1998)
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Though the adaptation sets this 1864 novel in modern times, it has to be the best adaptation of any book I have ever seen. Using a videotaped confession of our underground man as the framework, the film relentlessly throws the viewer down his sick and twisted life. Diseased with self-loathing, the man takes perverse pleasure in ruining himself and those around him. Wondrously shot, the film is very well done for never having a wide release. All the characters are well-played, and I found myself both hating and pitying the man as he self-destructs. A definite morality play, this film (like the book), shows the destructive nature of spite.
If Seth Green is the first name that pops into mind when you're thinking about adapting a Dostoevsky novel, this movie is for you! But Czerny did do a good job, and this is probably about as good of an adaptation as is even possible for Notes from Underground.
"I am a sick man..." and so it begins. Admirable if flawed adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's novella finds Henry Czerny as the "Underground Man," a man who is trapped in his own thoughts and can't allow himself to be happy because he reasons everything. Movie simplifies the character, his thoughts, and the "incidents" that hurt him in his life. Film also has that typical cheap indie film feel that's so prevalent in the most films from the 90's indie movement, but Czerny actually makes it worthwhile, delivering a decent performance.
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