Tom Leins’ DVD round-up: Youth in Revolt; Trucker; Shrink; Afterwards
Underpinned by a great performance from the characteristically awkward Michael Cera, Youth in Revolt (Momentum) is a genuinely quirky comedy treat about the drastic lengths a young man will go to in pursuit of true love.
After making a splash on the independent film festival circuit back in 2009, Trucker (High Fliers) sneaks out on DVD with barely a ripple. Part TV-movie tearjerker, part grubby indie flick, Trucker is a strange little movie that transcends its humble origins and grows into a genuinely affecting film. A bittersweet little gem.
Shrink (Lionsgate) is a quirky ensemble drama headlined by Kevin Spacey, who stars as Henry Carter, a psychiatrist to LA’s rich and famous. In time-honoured movie fashion, Spacey’s shrink is actually more screwed-up than his illustrious patients. Although Kevin Spacey on autopilot is still more watchable than many A-listers on a good day, he is outclassed here by a scene-stealing Robin Williams.
John Malkovich may not be the box office draw he once was, but it’s still a surprise to see him slumming it in bargain-bin fodder like Afterwards (Optimum). Not that Afterwards is your usual straight-to-DVD thriller, mind you. With a cast list that includes Malkovich, French actor Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) and Evangeline Lilly (Kate from TV’s ‘Lost’), Afterwards has cult credentials to spare. Despite an intriguing cast list and an appropriately sinister premise, Afterwards is a dangerously lacklustre excuse for a thriller.