Only hitting the cinemas recently, this film has already created controversy among critics and audiences, though for the most part the response is positive. So what is this film about and why is it worth giving it a watch? 

Swiss Army Man: The Low Down 

We open to young Hank (Paul Dano) attempting to commit suicide. He has been stranded on a desert island for what appears quite a lengthy period of time. However, mid hanging, a dead body (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on the shore whose flatulence rather ruins the atmosphere. 

From there young Hank discovers the endless abilities of the corpse; including turning him into a motorboat, a gun, and a friend.

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From the corpse's eyes and Hank's stories we learn the beauty of life and the wonderment there is to falling in love and learning to share your life with another. We also begin to learn the constraints of social acceptability, of identity and the fake behaviours we must engage within to find friends, partners and even the love of our parents. 

The film will take you through several low and high tides as you feel your heart wrenched from first warm to a bleak, empty sadness. 

I do not wish to spoil the film by revealing its ending, for anyone who has not yet watched the film; but I will say for something appearing so comical and surreal, it will lay some blatant reality on you. 

 

It is the pick and mix of films 

Some of you upon viewing the trailer may have been alienated by the absurdity of the film's premise.

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Do not be put off by its difference. It is refreshing to see something so surreal focus our attention. Much like with the release of The Lobster, this film will not be everyone's cup of tea, but for those that do watch it, you will be enthralled in some sense of morbid curiosity and will find yourself on a roller coaster of a journey that will leave you disturbed, elated and inspired. 2016 is certainly shaping up to be an interesting year for film. 

For more of an insight take a look on the films website, or if you have already watched the film and would like to learn more about the writers and directors then this is the place. 

 

 

 

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