Debuting scripter-helmer Glenn Klinker fashions an uneasy mix of psychological realism and cartoonish action in “Yup Yup Man.” Centering on a schizophrenic man who overcomes debility — and blows away a few no-goodniks — when he assumes the identity of a crime-fighting superhero, pic itself never overcomes weak dialogue and ludicrous plotting. Distribs will likely say “nope.”
William Bumiller delivers pic’s most solid performance as the title character, so called because he repeatedly utters that phrase — when not engaged in impassioned discussions about the local crime wave with sympathetic barkeep Jack (David Bowe) or platonic encounters with wistfully single Jillian (Jocelyn Seagrave). Emulating his favorite comic-book crusader, Yup Yup dons a thrift-shop get-up and sets out to avenge victims of crime. Script touches on such complex issues as race relations, copycat criminals and, at its strongest, broadcast news sensationalism, but the crime on view here is so obviously staged that it’s almost laughable. Viewers won’t buy into the intended sense of danger, emblemized by protag’s sadistic nemesis (Matt Gallini). Acting ranges from good to amateurish. Basic tech aspects were not well served by video projection at screening caught.