Thursday, February 27, 2014

PIG (2013 DVD)

For a movie that is be advertised as the second helping to Memento, I can't say that I terribly enjoyed Henry Barrial's Pig. Oh, it's not a bad movie. It's shot well and there's a cohesive narrative that follows a protagonist down a rather mindbending/reality testing path, but it's slow. For those of you who know me all too well, slow burn better be accompanied by some pretty charming acting, a score that I can't get out of my head or some fierce blood-lettings that happen at the end of a knife under the brim of a fedora with black leather gloves on hands. I walk the path of Pig as a man who has had too much coffee on a nature hike with a pending rain shower aching to be nothing but dry. That means that I really just wanted to know what was going on in true MTV generation fashion. It's a flaw. I'm working on it. If you don't have the same flaw then most likely you may enjoy Pig.


A man (Rudolf Martin, NCIS) wakes up alone in the desert with a black hood over his head and his hands tied behind his back. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his identity is a name written down in his pocket, leading him to Los Angeles. The more he discovers about his past, the less he understands, until he stumbles upon something bigger and more unusual than he could have ever imagined.

The usual disclaimer applies when a I write a review with a negative spin. I didn't hate Pig. I don't want you to think that there's a preconception of the film from generated hype that would have suggested that Pig was for me or a distaste for the director's work or even what he's created on screen here, but it's not a movie I would watch on repeat. The same of course could be said about Memento though I must admit to having enjoyed that a slight bit more than Pig. I watched Memento once, found the storytelling method intriguing and the production with merit, but under no circumstances would I feel the need to watch it again (save free LSD being served at a screening). So if Pig is the next Memento or likened to Memento or even is its salad course to the Memento appetizer than watching a Memento-lite removes me a step further.

Ultimately it comes down to watching a man try to figure out who he is and how he came to be in a strange situation. You know, we call that Saturday post Goldschlager martinis. Each step he takes is a new clue. Ready for a mystery? Then maybe Pig is your movie though you should expect a slow pace. A slow quiet walk through the mind of the unknown. Watching a movie like Pig requires peace of mind, but I'm also not sure that I found the shocking end all that shocking.

Now this Horizon disc is actually a nicely loaded package. Director's Commentary, deleted scenes, kickstarter video, lonely boy video, Nashville film Festival video and Q&A, Sci-Fi London Q&A and the trailer. Not bad for an independent release. I definitely give Horizon a nod for creating a potential worthwhile fan experience.

Note: 16x9 1.78:1

You can order a copy of Pig now. Fans of somewhat surreal, artistic self-reflective Nancy Drew stories will appreciate this. Hell, fans of Memento really might love this one. Be prepared for a slow moving vehicle toward the shock. Maybe enjoy with a cup o' Joe.

-Doc Terror

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