Asylum Seekers

Asylum Seekers

On DVD: 
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Running Time: 
90 minutes
Interesting Tidbits

Bill Dawes (The actor playing Alan) also did the voice of Patrolman Andy Brown on the popular videogame L.A. Noire.

Asylum Seekers is a very insane movie that takes place in an insane asylum that is filled with all kinds of crazy. 6 possible candidates compete to prove they belong in this special asylum because they only have one vacancy available. The candidates are Dr. Raby (Daniel Irizarry) the nymphomaniac, Maud (Pepper Binkley) the over pressured “stepford wife”, Paul the conspiracy theorist, Alan (Bill Dawes) the white rapper, Alice the tech-junkie, and Miranda the seductress. Dr. Beard, the owner of the insane asylum, holds several rounds of tests for the candidates that range from a talent show to going into their minds.

I thought this was a very interesting premise for a movie, but Asylum Seekers was not what I had expected it to be. The movie was crazy and all over the place, but it was to the point where everything was confusing and just didn’t make any sense. It lacked an actual plot and the storyline was very incoherent. Also, the ending had some closure, but it was anti-climatic.

The few things I did like about the movie were the visuals and the characters. This movie had a lot of vibrant colors and bizarre visuals. My favorite scene in the whole movie was when they were in the minds of the candidates and everyone had human bodies and costumed animal heads because it was different and odd on various levels. The movie did do a good job on character development and gave a back story for each of the candidates. The actors played their characters very well and were very believable.

In conclusion, Asylum Seekers was confusing, lacked a plot, had good visuals, and the characters made the movie, but overall was a big disappointment. I thought it was a good premise, but should have gone in a different direction. My diagnosis for this movie is going to be a “D.”

Paul Arca
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