I'm currently watching Uwe Boll's Postal, and the day has come that I never, ever, ever thought would happen. I'm going to say it, despite fears that God may strike me where I sit with a lightning bolt of extreme proportions. I'm going to say it, even with fears that I may forever ruin my reputation as the best movie critic in the history of the world. Yes, it's true: Postal is not that bad. In fact, it's halfway decent. Hell, I rather liked it. Yes, I liked a Uwe Boll movie.
Postal is about... well, I'm not quite sure. I've been writing reviews while watching, so haven't completely been paying attention, but there's something about Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban attacking a children's festival at the same time as a bunch of misfits, including a trailer trash guy and a Bible thumper, plot to kidnap Verne Troyer. Uwe Boll himself shows up to get into a fight with the creator of the video game "Postal," on which this movie is - apparently very loosely - based. There's also a plot involving the Asian Bird Flu, a bunch of horny monkeys, gay sex and a variety of other random things.
To say Postal is controversial is an understatement, as Boll tackles all kinds of subjects, from terrorism to politics to religion and homosexuality. Thankfully, he doesn't attempt to tell us a message, and instead has just make an incredibly zany and offensive film that some will find funny if offensive things appeal to you. For example, Postal begins with two terrorists flying a plane into the World Trade Center... of course, they had decided to go to the Bahamas after finding out that they were no longer promised 99 virgins upon their death. If not for those pesky passengers that broke into the cabin, they all would have lived. Later, an old Asian woman who doesn't know how to drive pisses off a cop so much that he blows her brains out, and things just go from there. Basically, there's nothing off limits in the film.
Postal shows a vast improvement in technical skill over Boll's other pieces of crap. Backed by a decent script, Boll shows that he can actually make a sensible movie. He's still not a great director, but Postal looks and feels like a real film. It also helps that Postal is by far and away a ridiculous comedy, whereas most of Boll's other pictures have been more serious fare. Plainly, Boll should stick to comedies, because it seems to work for him.
It's not a classic, but I foresee Postal becoming a cult classic in time. I can't believe I just said that.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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