After Kurt Cobain's death, Nirvana never really recovered.
Sure, they tried to struggle on through tours, recordings, and
new band members, but still, his ghost conquers all. Let's face
it: For many, Cobain was (and is) Nirvana. As
the latest in a long string of attempts at reviving their image
and fame, the hiring of Christopher Lambert as the new lead
singer was destined to failure even before his first, scratchy,
In a perfect world, I would be reviewing Nirvana's new album.
Unfortunately, I have instead this DVD poised seductively in
front of me.
In fact, I was first tempted to review this movie without watching
it. On the cover it has managed to compare itself to Tron,
Blade Runner, and The Matrix, while referencing Grand
Theft Auto and The Sims and, of course, the Highlander
franchise, all while calling itself an "acclaimed story".
I wish I had listened to my initial instincts. I'd like to
say this is the worst movie I've seen, but I've seen worse.
Not many, however. Nirvana is a dreg; movie backwash;
it is the toenail parings of Armageddon, a big, honking,
hawked up loogie of what may have been a vague idea of a movie
at one point but has degraded into a overexposed, torpidly edited,
mishmash of both cyberpunk and video game clichés.
That's right, I said video game clichés. If only Uwe
Boll could be blamed for this mess. At least with his movies
I can always think back fondly on how it was to play the game
without all that messy plot in the way.
In short, chum, this movie is chum.
So, if that's what you like, yum yum. This is a veritable feast.
Not a Good Bad
For those non-sharks in the audience, I'll let you know a secret:
I love bad movies. Not that I intrinsically enjoy watching bad
direction, horrible lighting, atrocious acting, pathetic plotting,
or overuse of alliteration, but I love making fun of bad movies,
getting together with a group of people, drinking, eating, and
collectively enduring the horror that is an effective bad movie.
However (for those thinking of trying this at home), there is
Of course there are those movies that don't work, that are
just too boring or slow or what have you. Those you get through
by talking over them or reminiscing about how the movie could
have been much better or much worse. Think of the hundreds of
movies MST3K overlooked.
Then there are those movies that are hypnotizingly bad, so
horrible that your eyes start bleeding but you can't look away,
you can't stop watching, even though your soul is fleeing, has
fled, and you are now simply a receptacle for the badness. The
bad badness. Do not watch: The Alchemist. Anklebiters.
One thing that you can look forward to in a Christopher Lambert
film is the possibility of someone having their head cut off.
See The Hunted for a textbook example. See Nirvana
in order to test the hardness quotient of your fingernails --
using your eyeballs.
God forgive me, I've already wasted enough (virtual) ink on
this smegmatic slip of drool from Philip K. Dick's paranoid
dreams. The plot: Game designer designs game and his main character
is sentient and says, "Oh god, oh game creator, please
kill me so I don't have to live the same life over and over
again, like watching a bad movie." Lambert endeavors to
fulfill this cause, running through the B-list sets for Blade
Runner. He has lost a girl, meets a girl, the girl has the
previous girl's personality injected into her brain. Imagine
all this chopped up finely, sautéed with a little garlic butter
and cayenne pepper, then packed into an open wound.
At least the girl who gets injected with the other girl is
hot. Also, if you'd like a dissenting opinion, check out the
IMDb page for the film where an erudite gentleman explains how
the movie actually enacts the titular search for Nirvana.
You know, heading towards nothingness. Which you'll certainly
want to reach while watching this film.
Oh kill me now.
Zip. Zero. Nada. Nuttin'. Unless you consider scene selections
and language subtitles to be extras. If only they allowed the
original language track to come through (assuming that would
be Italian) then maybe, maybe, the DVD could consider
The Movie Itself: 2 out of 10
The DVD Extras: 1 out of 10