Sunday, August 25, 2013

Chop - An Eye For An Insult

Directed by Trent Haaga
Written by Adam Minarovich
Starring Will Keenan, Timothy Muskatell & Chad Ferrin

NR - Approx.  98 Min

Tag Line:
An Eye For An Eye....And Then Some!

Alternate Titles:
Αιματηρη εκδικηση  (Bloody Revenge)  Greece

I ended up watching Chop on a whim.  Netflix's new Max service picked it out for me based on ratings of other movies I've watched.  At first I wasn't expecting much of anything, but I was pretty quickly pulled into this weird little tale of revenge.

Never take rides from Strangers...especially when they have a grudge against you!

Hey!  Lemme.....AXE you a question!  BAZINGA!

Will Keenan plays Lance Reed, a former drug user who was a major dick and did a lot of bad things to a lot of people.  Those days are behind him now though and he's put his life together.  Everything is going great until his car breaks down one day.  He's picked up by The Stranger, who as it turns out has a grudge against Lance for something he did.  The Stranger wants an apology, but won't tell Lance what for.  He wants Lance to remember on his own.

What follows is a little cat and mouse game in which Lance is first forced to kill his brother in order to save his wife.  Then the fun really starts as Lance wakes up with missing body parts and syringes stuck in his neck.  The police find his brother's body and start to suspect him.  The Stranger tells him that if he notifies the police of what's really going on then he'll kill him.

I've heard of giving someone the finger....but......all of them?!??

I think this really speaks for itself, doesn't it?

Eventually Lance ends up in The Stranger's lair tied up and at his mercy.  Things go from bad to worse as Lance desperately tries to remember who this man is and what he did to him.  Everytime he thinks he has it, he relays the story of something horrible that he did (mugging a man and crippling him....killing a prostitute) but unfortunately none of those things were the correct person or incident.  Instead The Stranger contacts these people and lets them come over to exact their own revenge on Lance.  It all leads up to the fairly amusing yet absolutely ridiculous finale in which we finally find out what atrocity Lance was guilty of

Midnight Cinephile Tally

Death Toll:  Seven!  Not a bad body count, I suppose!

Nude-O-Meter:  Not this time, Kojak.

Things That Go Bump In The Night:  Once again, humans are the monsters here.  Hilarious monsters.....

Final Thoughts
Will Keenan and Timothy Muskatell have a fantastic chemistry here.  The dialog is fairly witty and funny.  I really wanted to know what it was that this man could have possibly done to deserve such harsh revenge.  The final reveal is at once amusing and slightly annoying, but because it's a pretty fun ride getting there you won't really mind.  Definitely worth a watch if you're into comedy/horror.

Final Rating

Three out of Five Pizza Rolls!

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