Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Postal DVD

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Headline: Raunchy Political Satire Directed by Uwe Boll comes to DVD

I suppose since almost seven years have passed since 9/11, America might finally be ready to laugh at the tragedy. If so, submitted for your approval is Postal, a politically-incorrect social satire based on the farfetched notion that President Bush might have been in bed with Osama bin Laden, at least figuratively.

This suggestion has been the subject of widespread speculation on the internet among paranoid conspiracy theorists. So, they wouldn’t be surprised to see Bush and bin Laden holding hands and skipping off into the sunset as an ominous mushroom cloud forms on the horizon just as the curtain comes down on this relentlessly raunchy, expletive-laced adventure.

Written and directed by Uwe Boll, Postal opens aboard a commercial airliner about to hit the World Trade Center. At the point of departure, we find two hijackers (Paulino Nunes and Merik Tadros) piloting the plane but having second thoughts about following through with the plan.

However, this change of heart comes too late to inform the passengers who are rushing the cockpit at that moment and cause the jet to hit one of the towers. Director Boll’s sick sense of humor even shows a close-up on the frightened face of a window washer right before impact as he dangles from the buildings roof.

What ensues is likely to amuse you, if and only if, you’re inclined to contemplate the lighter side of radical Islam and the War on Terror. Brace yourself for the Taliban TV Network, trigger-happy cops killing innocent civilians, Bush conspiring with Muslim extremists to sabotage a pipeline to increase the price of oil, and the sight of a female suicide bomber blowing herself to smithereens at a convenience store.

Tasteless, profane and farfetched, but undeniably funny, too!

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated R for crude humor, drug use, explicit sexuality, graphic nudity, violence, ethnic slurs and pervasive profanity.

Running time: 102 minutes

Studio: Vivendi Entertainment

DVD Extras: Director’s commentary, “Raging Boll” during which the director boxes several film critics, “The Making of” and “Verne Troyer Clip” featurettes, plus a theatrical trailer.

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