Disgruntled office worker Bob Maconel (Christian Slater) is having another bad day at work. Trapped in his dull cubicle, mostly ignored by his co-workers and bullied by his superiors, Bob daydreams of blowing his office skyscraper sky-high, before ending his own miserable existence. But on this particular day, Bob is transformed from potential killer into accidental hero when another stressed employee beats him to it and opens fire. Unfortunately, going from zero to hero in the blink of an eye has its downside and soon Bob finds himself closer to the edge than ever before.
Quirky, surreal and dark comedy drama.
- He Was a Quiet Man review by Shatner's Bassoon
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Bob Maconel is a lonely and unhappy man. Working as an office clerk for the nondescript ADD Corporation, he is often abused, ridiculed and humiliated by his colleagues and department manager. Stuck in his prison cell of an office cubicle Bob daydreams of selectively shooting fellow workers or blowing up the building. When another badly treated worker has a breakdown and goes on a killing rampage, Bob kills him and instantly becomes a reluctant hero. The company boss promotes him to the job of Vice President of Creative Thinking and moves him into an office on the top floor which was once the office of Vanessa Parks the office beauty, who after being shot has become paralysed below the neck. Now forced into the limelight Bob soon finds that life is even more complicated and stressful than before. Though very reminiscent of the 1993 film ‘Falling Down’, this avoids being a just another revenge film by a smart and quirky plotline which constantly twists and turns, nearly always taking you in the opposite direction to which you think events are going to be played out. The story is sharp, the acting decent but the film is let down somewhat by some really inconsistent CGI which ranges from reasonably good to shabby and cheap looking Playstation2 quality effects. Overall, this is a pretty good low budget film which is like a weird mix of ‘Falling Down’, ‘Memento’ and ‘Office Space’ and while it’s not the greatest of films it's well worth a rental.
- He Was a Quiet Man review by Kurtz
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You’re thrown straight into the action here as Christian Slater’s bullied office drone is already working out who’s going to get the bullet at the start of the film, but things take an unexpected turn as someone else beats him to it- and having played its ace card with the workplace shoot-out so early, the movie appears unsure how to fill the next 70 minutes. There follows some pitch-black comedy as he tries to help “24”’s Elisha Cuthbert, crippled in the shooting, to end it all and starts up an unlikely and faintly creepy relationship with her. It has its moments, but any movie that gives a goldfish better lines than William H. Macy has surely missed a trick.