- Summary: A master manipulator-turned-filmmaker takes the art of the scam to new heights when he sets out to make a guerilla-style documentary about an artificial rock band in Russia. A unique hybrid of fiction and documentary; Colossus offers a mesmerizing and often hilarious examination of psychological manipulation in its many guises.… Collapse
- Director: Mark Hendrickson
- Genre(s): Drama
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Hendrickson shot “Colossus” from a partial script, leaving room for improvisation, and the movie’s loose, shapeless feel and scenes that go on far too long are the telltale signs of a filmmaker who fell so in love with his own material that he couldn’t bring himself to kill his darlings.
If cinema's most narcissistic actor-filmmakers were swimming in a talent pool, with Vincent Gallo confidently backstroking in the deep end and Eric Schaeffer wading in children's pee, Hendrickson's dipping his toe near Tommy Wiseau.
This stupefying dull mockumentary purports to explore themes of media manipulation and political propaganda, but whatever points it’s attempting to make are buried amidst the ponderous goings-on that will result in a quick exit from theaters.