"Nothing" is a colossal disappointment from Canuck director Vincenzo Natali, following his inventive cult thriller "Cube" and recent conspiracy brain-twister "Cypher" (only just released after a year on Miramax's shelf). Pic aims high -- an existential comedy set in a limitless nothingness -- but wears down its audience with juvenile, motormouth humor.
“Nothing” is a colossal disappointment from Canuck director Vincenzo Natali, following his inventive cult thriller “Cube” and recent conspiracy brain-twister “Cypher” (only just released after a year on Miramax’s shelf). Pic aims high — an existential comedy set in a limitless nothingness — but wears down its audience with juvenile, motormouth humor.
So high concept it’s almost Zen-like, pic centers on two anti-social losers — self-centered corporate employee Dave (Bill Murray lookalike David Hewlett), who’s been screwed by embezzling g.f. Sarah (Marie Josee Croze), and agoraphobic travel agent Andrew (Andrew |Miller), who’s accused of molesting a minor (Elana Shilling). Pair lives in a cluttered old Toronto house squeezed between an expressway and an off-ramp; just when things couldn’t get worse, they mysteriously find themselves zapped into a vast white world with no definable topography. Remaining 70 minutes is filled with endless spatting, goofing around and cartoon-like antics that have no perceptible rhyme or reason. Derek Rogers’ widescreen lensing is sole point of interest.