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In an attempt to heal from the deterioration caused by the pressures of sudden fame and too much alcohol, famous Beat author Jack Kerouac escapes to an isolated, mist-shrouded cabin in the primitive landscape of the Big Sur woods. Instead of finding the peace he desires, he is foiled once again by his own inner demons and sets off on a visceral collision course of paranoia, sex, delirium tremens, misery and madness.
"Big Sur" is based off the 1962 novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac. The film shows us the moment in Kerouac's life when the success of his novel, "Open Road" became over whelming to him and it also shows his struggle with alcoholism as well.
I enjoyed the film but I can safely say that it will not be for everyone. If you are a fan of Kerouac, the time or some of the other writers from the period you will really enjoy the film but if you do not know anything about the writer or the time in general you might find the film too boring. It is deliberately slow and much of the dialogue is voice-over done Kerouac himself.
The film itself looks fantastic, the cinematography is top-notch and the Big Sur coastline is a thing of beauty. Another thing that I found pleasing was the cast, It was great to see Jean-Marc Barr again and he was amazing as Jack, the rest of the cast which includes, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas and Radha Mitchell were all terrific as well.
"Big Sur" is a depressing film for the most part but it is an effective one that is told mostly through Jack's thoughts in his head. Watching Jack fall deeper and deeper into his alcoholism is not a pretty thing to watch but it is attention getting. As I already stated the film is not going to be for everyone but if you like a good drama I recommend checking it out, I loved it for the cast alone and the story of Jack's search for inner peace.
Available on DVD, you can order it HERE.
Released by Ketchup Entertainment
**** Out Of *****