We’ve all known this guy, heck sometimes we may have been this guy. Quiet, keeps to himself, trying to get his job done. Has a jerk of a boss who’s climbing the corporate ladder by stomping over him. Then there is the girl, the one shining part in his hellish nine-to-five world. Doesn’t really know him but is the only person pleasant to him, not that she isn’t pleasant to everyone. There he sits at his desk quietly loading bullet after bullet into the chamber of his gun to use when the stress gets too much and he’s finally had enough.
That’s Bob Maconel’s (Christian Slater) everyday life. But this movie isn’t the story of how one day he goes off and shoots everyone at work. In fact it’s the opposite because when the office place shooting happens, he unwittingly becomes the hero. What follows is how Maconel’s life changes after this incident.
This is actually a pretty solid movie. I had never heard of it before but decided to give it a chance. The beginning part is a bit annoying but then it has to be to establish the situation in a short time. There are some interesting and surreal aspects to this movie that some people may liken to Donnie Darko. However, this movie isn’t that dark or that surreal. Ignore the little amount a cheesy special effects and just remember that they were probably working on a small budget, it’s more about symbolism than effect anyway.
The ending was slightly surprising in that I kinda figured it was going that way but not exactly how it ended up.