There is a first time for everything, and recently I was contacted by a film maker and asked if I wanted to review a movie. I was excited at the prospect and also asked if I could give away a DVD of the film to the winner of a BikeHacks contest. Jeremy Lerman, who contacted me and produced the film Nebraska Supersonic, agreed.
I will start by saying that I admire anyone that pursues a detailed artistic endeavor like a film. I have never made a film so I have no idea what it is like, but it has got to take a lot of work. What makes or breaks a film for the most part is the story and the story of this film centers around three recent college graduates who majored in French. They are all slackers to some extent (they don't appear to be able to speak French even though they majored in it) and the plot centers around them trying to find jobs in Nebraska post graduation.
The three at first go to a temp agency to find jobs and go their separate ways as far as trying to establish an income. They all fail and later unite and decide to start a bicycle delivery company. The genre of the film is definitely comedy and the film attempts comedic angles on everything from the jobs they start with, the bikes they ride, the types of products they deliver and who they deliver them to, and the ridiculously low rate charged, even for 120 mile round trip deliveries.
Don't worry, the film is color, the black and white shot is just from their web site.
I have to be honest and say that this film is probably not geared to my age bracket. I entered college three decades ago and I believe this film is aimed more at those that are either currently in college or those that are not long from graduation. The humor in the film caused me to smile at times, however I never found myself laughing out loud. I did watch it alone and if I had watched it with three or four friends while sharing copious amounts of beer there might have been some shared laugh out loud moments. I am sure in an environment like the Bicycle Film Festival the crowd really would get into this film.
That in essence is the review of the movie from my perspective. I would not recommend watching it alone, rather I would recommend this as a group film where the group is plied with some sort of adult beverage. With the crap Hollywood is pouring out these days I also recommend getting off the well beaten sequel track and expanding your horizons. Hollywood is sorely lacking in original story lines and this movie is definitely not like any movie I had seen before. Supporting independent film makers is a worthy endeavor and if you are a college student looking for a movie night film or perhaps older and want to relive some post graduation job pursuit struggles the film provides some laughs.
I have two DVD copies that Jeremy sent along and I will be giving them away in the future. Keep your eyes peeled for contests to secure you copy.