(2006) dir. Mark Fergus
This was one of those films that comes through town and disappears. If you’d blink, you’d miss it. And then you don’t remember it even enough to think about it when it comes out on DVD. I read the film reviews when they hit the paper on Fridays, mainly to get an idea about what is out there and to see if anything that I haven’t heard of shows up and sounds interesting. And starting a few years back, I developed the habit of trying to keep track of these smaller films that come and go.
Well, this film, starring Guy Pearce, is about a small-time salesman, whose life is thrown into chaos when he has his future read by a man at a roadside stop somewhere in Arizona. It’s a good and earnest film, not the best, but certainly interesting. The prediction leaves him paranoid, suspicious, increasingly psychotic. And one wonders how much the world and his perspective have in common.
Pearce is an interesting actor. He’s taken a lot of roles in smaller, independent films when he started hitting in big in Hollywood. Having gotten his start on Australian soap operas, he got a lot of attention when he starred in L.A. Confidential (1997), but a number of films that he’s made have been quite excellent, namely Memento (2000) and The Proposition (2005). He seems to pick good material, or at least interesting material.