Some people call Visioneers dark. Some people call it funny. A handful of people have referred to it as dystopian. Many may say it’s confusing. Many may say it’s weird. A lot of people call it “That movie with Zach Galifianakis that not many people know about.
I call it a healthy combination of all of the above.
Directed by Jared Drake and written by Brandon Drake (yes, they are brothers), Visioneers paints us a not-too-distant-future tale of George Washington Winsterhammerman (Galifianakis). He has a wife (Judy Greer), a son (spoiler alert: we never see him) and he works for the Jeffers Corporation as a Level Three Tunt (You’ll have to watch the movie to translate all that). At his work, he is conditioned to believe that mindless productivity leads to success. At home, his marriage is lackluster and unhappy. In the world, people are randomly “exploding”. (Again, you need to watch the movie to put all those puzzle pieces together).
The movie flows in the same sci-fi/comedy/quirky/drama/WTF vein as Donnie Darko. Some may say it is cut from the same cloth as Brazil. However you look at it, the film commands your attention with of a strategic humor and cryptic storyline. The Drake brothers create this world that is grounded, yet so far-fetched that you just shrug it off and say, “That’s kind of interesting…I’ll buy into it.” Plus, a world where people greet each other with a middle finger can’t be all that bad, can it?
This movie is labeled as “Galifianakis, before Galifianakis was Galifianakis” — but it really isn’t. It’s just Galifianakis being Galifianakis before he was Galifianakis….I better stop before I confuse myself.
In any case, you can watch this movie for FREE at Prescreen.com. Just follow the instructions and you’ll be watching this dark, comedic dystopian treat.
George Washington Winsterhammerman lives an ordinary life. He has a wife, a kid, a house and a boat. Every day George gets in his minivan and goes to work as a Level Three Tunt at the Jeffers Corporation, the largest and most profitable corporation in the history of humankind. Though he lives an utterly comfortable life, George is growing nervous. People around him have begun exploding, literally. Fearing he might be next, George visits his doctor and learns that his recurring dreams are a symptom of impending explosion. Unfortunately, George can’t stop dreaming, and as the explosion epidemic worsens, he is forced to question the life he’s been living.
This quirky and distinctive story, utterly original in every way, features inspired casting, particularly with acclaimed actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis as George. He is joined by the delightful Judy Greer and terrific indie mainstay James LeGros. Visioneers, the debut film from the sibling filmmaking team of Brandon and Jared Drake, offers a darkly comic view of a world so skewed it can’t help but remind us of our own.