Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Simon Pegg plays an author obsessed with serial killers who eventually acquires a fantastic fear of everything.  And at first, this seems right up Pegg's alley, what with his clear love for genre films.  But don't expect this to be the unofficial fourth entry in his Cornetto trilogy.  It doesn't hold a candle to 'Shaun of the Dead', 'Hot Fuzz', or 'The World's End'.  In fact, it doesn't even measure up to that greatly inferior Pegg/Frost collaboration, 'Paul'.  And it's a shame because the style is definitely there.  The substance, however, is not.  Pegg gives it everything he has, but the inept script hops from one bizarre scene to another with barely any bridge at all.  Despite appearing interesting on the surface, it's actually a complete mess of a film.  Always beware of first time writer/directors and films that premiere on VOD.  Though, if you do choose to waste $9.99 and 100 minutes of your time, you can see it now on Video on Demand before it (supposedly) hits theaters in limited release next month.

Grade: D-

Who is this movie for?  No one.  Take a pass and re-watch The World's End instead.

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