Movie Review: MAN UNDERGROUND

MAN UNDERGROUND was written and directed by Michael Borowiec and Sam Marine and stars George Basil, Andy Rocco, Johnny Williams, Stephen Girasuolo and Pamela Fila.

In a small town in upstate NY, Willem Koda, a retired geologist and alien conspiracy theorist, struggles to find an audience for his controversial beliefs. Willem decides to document his clandestine lifestyle and his violent encounters with aliens while working for the US Government with the help of Flossie, a local waitress and Todd, his fellow conspirator. As the story unfolds, the three of them witness bizarre events and unexplained happenings that force Willem to confront his past while he grows increasingly paranoid about the future of all mankind.

Willem Koda (George Basil) is the main focus in Man Underground. He’s a quiet oddball loner and a paranoid conspiracy theorist who lives his life as if he’s being watched. Something from his past has made him this way and it’s either his ex or the goverment or maybe it’s a little bit of both. Or maybe he’s just crazy. Maybe? Anyway, Willem is desperate to get his message out to the masses so he decides to make an autobiography and he recruits the help of his old friend Todd Muckle (Andy Rocco) to film the movie and Flossie Ferguson (Pamela Fila), a waitress who works at the local diner he frequents, to play his ex. They’re both aware that Willem is a little strange but he’s harmless for the most part so they agree to help him get his movie made. Watching these three try to make this autobiography is part of the movie’s charm.

Once the filming begins, and the camera is rolling, Willem’s two friends learn just how scarred and messed up he really is as he slowly reveals some of his past. Something has definitely happened to him but what exactly it could be is part of the mystery. He misses his ex and that’s obvious as the movie plays out and something traumatic did happened to him when he worked for the government once upon a time. Flossie ends up getting a little freaked out by all of this but she tries to hang in there the best she can, as does Todd. The three do kind of have a falling out and when Flossie and Todd reach out to Willem so they can finish the movie, the two make a shocking discovery about Willem and it’s one that changes everything.

Bottom line is, Man Underground ended up being a really good watch. The story was thought-provoking and the main characters were all interesting. This indie gem plays like one of the lighter episodes of ‘The X-Files’ and follows this troubled conspiracy theorist who is trying to find a way to get the truth out. The big question is, has he actually had a close encounter or is he simply crazy? There are signs of both! The movie has its comedic and dark moments with most of the movie sticking to more of a lighter tone and saving the gut puncher for the finale and it’s a strong one that changes the whole scope of the movie. Without ruining too much let’s just say the movie also deals a little with depression and how differently some people handle their own personal drama. Some people handle things much better than others do. Michael Borowiec and Sam Marine came up with this interesting story and did a great job bringing it all to life on screen. George Basil, Andy Rocco and Pamela Fila did an amazing job with these likable characters of theirs. By the end of the movie the viewer cares about these three and what they’re going through. The sci-fi conspiracy thriller will be available on DVD and VOD on August 15th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Indican Pictures

Run Time: 93 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

 

 

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