Review: ‘Visioneers’

With a dollop of "Scanners" and a dash of "Bartleby," brothers Jared and Brandon Drake's "Visioneers" pushes yet another darkish vision of big, bad corporations dominating every aspect of life, as one midlevel employee tries to avoid a pandemic in which bouts of anger cause peoples' heads to explode.

With a dollop of “Scanners” and a dash of “Bartleby,” brothers Jared and Brandon Drake’s “Visioneers” pushes yet another darkish vision of big, bad corporations dominating every aspect of life, as one midlevel employee tries to avoid a pandemic in which bouts of anger cause peoples’ heads to explode. Pic aspires to dyspeptic tone that veers too often into the banal, anchored by comic Zach Galifinakis’ miscalculated, one-dimensional performance, with other terrific thesps such as Judy Greer wasted. Cablers will book this one for latenight slots.

George Washington Winsterhammerman (Galifinakis) works as a “visioneer” at giant Orwellian Jeffers Corp., where a concern for exploding co-workers is spreading. George tries to keep a cool head when all around him may be losing theirs, while wife Michelle (Greer) is inching toward suicide, uninterested in sexual healing from hubby. Since dreams seem to auger the explosions, George’s dreams about his ancestor George Washington prove worrying, and any consolation from fellow Jeffers staffer Charisma (Mia Maestro) looks unlikely when she’s fired. The Drakes’ direction and writing are uneven and sometimes meek, while what this satire about dehumanization needs are audacious visual and comedic ideas.

Visioneers

Production

A Fireside Film presentation in association with Mayfly Films/The Syndicate/Purple Sage Pictures. Produced by Jory Weitz, James Henney, Henry Capanna. Executive producers, Kurt Dalton, Henry Lowenfels. Co-producers, Damon Legarde, Jared Drake, Brandon Drake, Julia Boehringer. Co-executive producers, Ryan McCann, Dan Farah, Mark Headley. Directed by Jared Drake. Screenplay, Brandon Drake.

Crew

Camera (FotoKem color), Dino Parks; editor, Justine Halliday; music, Tim deLaughter; production designer, Thomas William Hallbauer; costume designer, Yasmine Mustaklim. Reviewed at Cinevegas Film Festival (Diamond Discoveries), June 17, 2008. (Also in Seattle Film Festival.) Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Zach Galifinakis, Judy Greer, Mia Maestro, James Legros, Missi Pyle, Matthew Glave, Fay Masterson, Chris Coppola, Aubrey Morris, John Paulsen, John Keister, Pat Cashman.
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