Despite a decent box office gross, more people probably read about “Swiss Army Man” than actually saw it this summer. Headlines involving Daniel Radcliffe’s farting corpse were practically everywhere (IndieWire included), and it seemed like half of the actor’s press tour was devoted to proving the movie was way more than just about a dead body passing gas. Fortunately, “Swiss Army Man” is now on VOD and, simply put, it’s one of the most original indies of 2016.
“Swiss Army Man” stars Paul Dano as Hank, a suicidal man who discovers a washed up corpse mere minutes before he’s about to take his own life. He soon befriends the corpse (Radcliffe) and realizes it can be utilized as a survival tool, which includes using its farts as fuel and its penis as a compass. Yes, you read that correctly. The more Hank comes to depend on the corpse, the more the corpse finds itself coming back to life. Suffice to say, you’ve never seen a buddy movie quite like it.
In his A- review of the film out of Sundance, Indiewire’s Deputy Editor and Chief Critic Eric Kohn raved, “Vibrantly shot by cinematographer Larkin Seiple, ‘Swiss Army Man’ is a deliriously kooky yet controlled experience…[it’s] pop art by way of lowbrow slapstick, with a premise that suggests ‘Cast Away’ meets ‘Weekend at Bernie’s.’”
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Thanks to a pair of go-for-broke performances and some real visionary work behind the camera from Sundance winners Daniels, “Swiss Army Man” needs to be seen to be believed. It certainly isn’t a kind of movie for everyone, which actually makes VOD the perfect place to test out the waters and see if this wild ride is worth taking for you. IndieWire Senior Film Critic David Ehrlich makes the case for “Swiss Army Man” in the video below.
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