Trevor is a struggling comedian and a pyromaniac. Not only does his stage act bomb, but he bombs at everyday life, too. All he wants is a break. But instead of getting himself together or channeling his anger, he turns inward, to the loud din of his headphones and the glow of fire to ease his mind.
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Contained. Contaminated. Unconvincing.
I have all the respect in the world for indie filmmakers, but this film is more tattered remains than rough around the edges. A strong lead performance is bogged down by general poor production and surface level themes.
A cold, dry humor hangs over this surreal descent into madness as our antihero treads a thin line between reality and his own fabricated anecdotes. Like a more radical version of the epiphany had in Office Space, he liberates himself through extreme outlets while his hopeless fate follows him around, perhaps in an ape outfit.
Oh, man. I needed that!
It's like Igby goes down (& he gets back up, swinging); which would make for a good double-feature.
Anyway, now I feel bad I've "Fight Club" in my film library, when it's this film that's much better ––in that genre.
A very fun and awkward character study. Quite distinctive filmmaking vision at play with how the dialogue and characters function. Loved Buzzard a deal more but Ape serves as a great start and cannot wait to see the next animal-film.