Review: The Show

You know when you're searching for something to watch and you click on a trailer for a random movie you've never heard of? Let me give you a tip: FINISH. THE DAMN. TRAILER.

I wasn't really aware of the film I was getting myself into, but this week I checked out The Show.

Directed and Produced by Giancarlo Esposito, The Show (originally titled This Is Your Death - the name of the show within the movie), starts off in a Bachelor-esque shoot. A dude picks from two wedding-dress-clad women, then all hell breaks loose as one of the brides-to-be decides to shoot the groom and turn the gun on her competitor. All of this unfolds while Adam Rogers (Josh Duhamel) observes and reacts, ultimately saving the life of the bride-to-be that was selected while the gun-welding bride commits suicide.

Then, as anyone who's ever worked in television knows, the press tour begins. But what happens during the press tour is loses his shit. An idea is born to broadcast the suicides of people to try and help them get a better outcome.

At the same time, the harrowing story of Mason (played by Giancarlo Esposito) is unfolding. He loses a job, he's in trouble of losing a house, and his wife tells them that if he does lose the house, he loses the whole family. All of this is unpacked until you see the desperation his character takes by signing up for the auditions for This is Your Death.

This movie ended up being one I couldn't get through all at once. You all know, at least you should by now, of my history with mental illness. Depression and feeling like there's one last resort are things I can totally empathize with. I just saw the show within the movie for what it was in the beginning: cash cow way to mess with people not truly understanding the actual outcome.

I did have a good, hearty belly laugh 45 minutes into the film when the director of the show says to the producer, "Is this fella ever going to follow the script?"

Spoiler Alert: TALENT NEVER FOLLOWS THE DAMN SCRIPT! It's like a rule for on-camera folks or something. Like, "Oh, this producer spent so many hours researching and working on this story for me. I MUST know better than them. I'm going to change it."

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All in all, the movie isn't horrible. It's pretty well written, the actors are putting in work, it flows.

But.

I need you guys to understand that this is one of the most fucked up ideas I have ever seen brought to life in a film. I honestly have nightmares of reality tv turning into what this movie shows. It makes me sick to my stomach.

But that's the point. Esposito has been and is still the man. He sat down with The Frame to explain why he decided to work on this project:

ON THE REACTION HE ANTICIPATES FROM CRITICS:

I will be called on the carpet for making a political statement, a human statement. And maybe being insensitive to certain parts of our society of human beings who, like me, felt like there was no other way to go and I have to get out of this life. Not understanding within that moment that life is precious. I know now if I go all the way down and have nothing I will be in service in whatever way I can to other human beings because that’s the juice. It’s not the bank account. It’s not my notoriety. It’s not the glory. I realize that it is to fulfill our earthly obligation and to do it in a way that puts a smile on our face. That is truly the way to live life.
— Giancarlo Esposito

And that's why Giancarlo Esposito and everyone involved in making The Show get the following rating from me:

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Check outThe Show on iTunes today!

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