Movie Title: Tusk
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 42 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie
Where did I watch it?: Home
I am home all week with swine flu, so if these reviews aren’t that great, I apologize.
Tusk is a very strange movie that somehow manages to be very uninteresting. Justin Long and Haley Joel Osmont play podcasters that are always searching for some internet celebrity to lampoon for kicks. Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) goes to Canada in search of a boy that accidentally cut his leg off with a katana. The scene shown in the movie features some of the worst special effects in movie history. Bryton arrives at the boy’s house to discover that the boy committed suicide because of the lampooning he received from their show.
Bryton, completely unmoved by the experience, goes on a quest to find some other weirdo to interview for the podcast. Bryton comes across a flyer advertising a room, but also stories form an interesting life. Bryton is desperate and he bites. He drives up into northern Manitoba to meet the man. Howard Howe (Michael Parks) starts off interesting enough until he drugs Bryton and cuts off one of his legs. He then slowly proceeds to turn him into a walrus because of a strange psychological dependency he developed while shipwrecked. It seems like it would be interesting, but somehow it isn’t. It isn’t tense, it isn’t funny, it isn’t scary. It’s just what is happening on screen.
There are several subplots that don’t really go anywhere. Teddy Craft (Haley Joel Osmont) has an affair with Bryton’s girlfriend Genesis, but that doesn’t really come up as very important in the scheme of the story. Johnny Depp makes an appearance playing Detective Guy Lapointe in a campy role. His presence isn’t all that important except that he is the plot device that locates Bryton. The ending of the movie is preposterous.
I was curious about this one for a long time and it turns out there wasn’t a whole to be curious about it. It is very flat. Skip it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Glen or Glenda (1953)