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Fine performances elevate the movie above the cliches.



Total Count: 16


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Zigzag is the directorial debut of screenwriter David S. Goyer (Blade, Blade 2). Based on the well-received debut novel by Landon J. Napoleon, the film tells the story of an autistic teenager, Louis "Zigzag" Fletcher (Sam Jones III). Zigzag is a sensitive and thoughtful boy who retreats into his own mind to escape the harshness of his inner-city life, particularly the abuse of his father (Wesley Snipes). His only friend is Singer (John Leguizamo), his compassionate Big Brother, who gives Louis his nickname, and tells the boy he's imbued with special powers. He's trying to get Zigzag removed from his father's home, and also to teach him to survive. Singer has testicular cancer, and is concerned that he won't always be around when the boy needs him. Zigzag works as a dishwasher in a restaurant owned by the Toad (Oliver Platt), an amusingly caustic Southerner. After Zigzag's father demands 200 dollars for rent, the boy sees Toad opening his office safe, and commits the combination to memory. Later, he takes 9,000 dollars from the safe. When he attempts to give his father the rent, his father takes all the money. When Singer finds out what Zigzag has done, he goes to desperate lengths to get the money back, so he can return it to Toad before Zigzag gets into trouble. As Singer's plan goes awry, this brings the pair into contact with a sleazy loan shark (Luke Goss, who was also in Blade 2) and a kindhearted prostitute (Natasha Lyonne). The film's soundtrack was composed by Grant Lee Phillips. Zigzag was shown at the 2002 SXSW Festival.


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Critic Reviews for Zigzag

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

  • Mr. Goyer's loose, unaccountable direction is technically sophisticated in the worst way.

    Jun 27, 2002 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

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  • The movie, despite its rough edges and a tendency to sag in certain places, is wry and engrossing.

    Jun 21, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

    Gene Seymour

    Top Critic
  • A small movie with a big impact.

    Jun 21, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Goyer's screenplay and direction are thankfully understated, and he has drawn excellent performances from his cast.

    Jun 21, 2002
  • The character of ZigZag is not sufficiently developed to support a film constructed around him.

    Jun 21, 2002 | Rating: 2/4
  • A great ensemble cast can't lift this heartfelt enterprise out of the familiar.

    Jun 21, 2002 | Full Review…

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