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Swiss Army Man
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Swiss Army Man


Being stranded on a deserted island leaves Hank bored, lonely and without hope.

Hank prepares to end it all, and he puts a noose around his neck, when he suddenly spots a man laying on the shore.

The man is dead, but surprisingly quite flatulent. Using the flatulence in the body to his advantage, Hank miraculously it back to the mainland.

But now he finds himself lost in the wilderness, and dragging the talking corpse named Manny along for the adventure, and for some wise words of advice…..

Every once in a while there is a film released that is just so out there, just so random, that it just shouts out originality from the get go. This is that film, and I can almost guarantee that you’ve never seen anything like it before, or anything like it again.

But the wonderful thing about this film is how it throws you so many times, and then takes you in completely the different direction you thought the film was heading. How many directions could a film about a suicidal loner and a corpse could there be I hear you ask?

Mark my words, if you see the film, you will totally understand where I am coming from.

Could this be a film about someone questioning their own sanity, or having a wonderful sense of self-realisation? After all when Hank first meets Manny, he has metaphorically come to terms with the fact there is no point in going on, so is the films narrative beyond the noose just some hallucination whilst he’s in purgatory? Because with the bizarre things that happen between the two, it’s impossible to think otherwise, after all the film does have a fantasy element to it, but it isn’t dreamy enough to let the fantasy overtake the reality.

Dano is wonderful as Hank, and once again proves he is one of the most versatile actors working today.

But Radcliffe, Radcliffe steals the film as Manny, the friendly corpse. It’s not the acting that wins him the film, it’s his physicality that really impresses here. As Manny, he’s more animated than any of the other characters in the film.

As the film progresses, the develop a very deep self awareness of themselves, and each other, and strangely enough, one of the most beautiful cinematic friendships is depicted here.

The ending, while uplifting, is strange and sombre, with Hank realising that life would be better with him and Manny, because no matter how beautiful your imagination and daydreams are, reality can shatter them with one fell swoop.

It’s a brilliant film, easily one of the years best, and don’t be put off by the flatulence, the delicious score more than makes up for the dulcet tones of Mannys trouser trumpet.

Essential viewing…