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Cast: George Basil, Andy Rocco, Pamela Fila, Felix Hagen, Stephen Girasuolo
a reclusive conspiracy theorist (George Basil) who enlists a waitress and an amateur videographer to help him make a DIY movie about the aliens he encountered while working as a geologist for the US government.
I am proud to present my Fantasia International Film Festival 2016 review of, "Man Underground." It tells the story of Willem Koda, a retired geologist and alien conspiracy theorist. Willem gives various speeches and uploads videos to the internet in hopes of spreading his messages about aliens and our government that continues to cover it up. One day while talking to his buddy, Todd about not finding the audience he was hoping for Todd suggests making a little movie about his time working for the government and what he saw. Willem also meets Flossie, a waitress and aspiring actress who he asks to be in his movie. Flossie doesn't take long to say yes even though she hardly even knows what the movie is about. But once the filming gets underway Willem begins to act a bit strange and paranoid about his future which begins to cause some tension among the three of them.
When people go to a film festival they of course look forward to seeing some of the upcoming commercial films that are playing there but they also go hoping to discover a few treasures as well and for me "Man Underground" is one of those little films you might not be expecting much from but after seeing it you can't wait to tell your friends and family about it.
There is nothing fancy about the film, it is an Indie film with no action or special effects or blood and guts. Instead it is a story about a man who has seen things few people would believe and perhaps he has seen too much as well. Right from the start I was intrigued by Willem and his story, I was immediately sucked in and totally invested in finding out more about him and why he is the way he is and what drives him to do what he does.
"Man Underground" is a Drama, Sci-Fi with a little humor tossed in that is driven by its terrific cast and their wonderful performances. Everyone in the film did an amazing job but the film's three leads really make it something special. George Basil is a force as Willem, his subtle yet powerful performance draws you into his every word, I can see him winning numerous awards for his role. Pamela Filais is fantastic as Flossie, she lights up the screen with her beauty and talent. And last but not least, Andy Rocco who gives a memorable performance as Todd, he also adds a good bit of the humor to the film.
"Man Underground" is a film worth seeing, it is original, clever, thought-provoking and even a bit creepy. And about as entertaining a film as you are going to find. I was blown away by the writing and direction from Michael Borowiec and Sam Marine. Both men did a terrific job telling the story while keeping things moving at a great pace. I loved everything about the film and I thought it only got better as it moved along, and the ending was one I never saw coming.
The film is having its Fantasia Premiere on July 22 at 7:15 PM at the J.A. De Seve Theatre and it will screen again on August 3 at 3:00 PM at the J.A. De Seve Theatre as well. I highly recommend seeing this unique little film as soon as you can. It is everything you want in a movie and more.
Released by Millennium Blonde Productions
***** Out Of *****