What A Film. So many ways to interpret it.
As a dissection of the era of ubiquitous cameras and social media, where being the author of one’s own life, the star of one’s own movie, means an elevation of oneself and an unconscious exclusion of others.
As another entry in the growing school of dramas dealing with American declinism and the associated violence, fear and paranoia, where the failings of the healthcare system take a prominent place (see also: Breaking Bad, Take Shelter)
As a critique of the misanthropy/superiority that grows out of the victimhood aspect of “geek culture” these days, even as it becomes ever more powerful. And an examination of the ubermensch subtext of superheroes, made text. I never thought I’d see a (relatively) mainstream American movie that mirrors a certain section of Alan Moore’s Miracleman. (You know the one.)
I’m astounded at how much it exceeded my expectations. Please try to see it.