PREMATURE EVALUATIONS: ARMY OF ONE 2016 dir. Larry Charles


army-of-one-theatrical-posterAfter an extremely turbulent election year, it is very refreshing to come across a story that is politically based, and yet not motivated to push an agenda. That story is the one of ARMY OF ONE, Larry Charles’ latest film about one man’s trek to take down Osama bin Laden. Did I mention that it was based on a true story?

SYNOPSIS:
While undergoing kidney dialysis treatment in 2004, civilian handyman, Gary Faulkner had a vision. In that vision, God spoke to him and gave him the quest of tracking down and capturing Osama bin Laden, America’s public enemy #1. Armed with a katana purchased from a television shopping network, an inability to speak the local language, and all the gumption necessary, Faulkner set out on his quest to take down the most wanted man on the planet.

WHAT WORKS:
Cage as Faulkner is an interesting sight to behold. In an odd mix of The Dude and Hunter S Thompson, we get a manic charm that is lovable despite being off-putting. He’s the kind of guy that will go out of his way to give you the shirt off of his back, while talking your ear off the whole time about conspiracy theories.

WHAT DOESN’T:
My only complaint about Cage’s performance is the choice of voice he used for Faulkner. It is shrill. Grating at almost the whole time, I felt that this had to be how the real Faulkner sounds. But in the making of featurette, we hear him speak, and the shrillness doesn’t exist. It is an odd choice, albeit a memorable one.

WHY SHOULD YOU SEE ARMY OF ONE?:
Larry Charles has spent many years in poking fun at the world with his unique sense of humor. And after several jaunts with Sasha Baron Cohen, it’s nice to see him branching out with another actor that has been known to give his work 200%.

While we see Faulkner’s numerous attempts to catch bin Laden, in between, we also get to see him catching up with his high school crush, Marci, played by the always hilarious Wendi Mclendon-Covey. And while she’s known for playing things extremely broad, she brings an incredible amount of heart and tenderness to the character of Marci, allowing us to see the soft side of Faulkner even more.

ARMY OF ONE is available on Digital HD November 4th and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand November 15th.

CAST:
Gary Faulkner: Nicolas Cage (Everything, seriously)
Marci Mitchell: Wendi Mclendon-Covey (RENO 911, BRIDESMAIDS)
Dr. Rose: Matthew Modine (Stranger Things, FULL METAL JACKET)
God: Russell Brand (GET HIM TO THE GREEK, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL)
Agent Simons: Rainn Wilson (SUPER, The Office)

CREW:
Director: Larry Charles (Seinfeld, BORAT)
Writers: Rajiv Joseph (DRAFT DAY, MY AMERICA), Scott Rothman (DRAFT DAY)

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