Review of “Archenemy”

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Archenemy is a low budget superhero film with a twist: the “hero”, Max Fist (Joe Manganiello), is a homeless alcoholic who claims that he was transported to our dimension while saving his own city, Chromium, from his archenemy, Cleo. He is befriended by a wanna be reporter, Hamster. When Hamster’s sister, Indigo, is caught by her criminal boss stealing from him, Max saves her and Hamster.

Manganiello does a good job playing Max Fist. He seems to sincerely believe his own story, but there are hints that he may be a paranoid schizophrenic. Most of the film walks the line between Max’s fantasy world and reality. In the third act, the two collide and Hamster is confronted with the fact that Max truly believes his own story.

Max’s memories of Chromium are shown in very simple animation, doubtless due to budgetary constraints. Unlike Sucker Punch, which had a huge budget for Babydoll’s fantasy world, but failed to deliver, I found Archenemy worked for me, though the third act was the weakest. This film won’t win any awards, but I enjoyed it.

About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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2 Responses to Review of “Archenemy”

  1. Thanks. I doubt I would have heard of it elsewhere. There is a German movie out Ballon/Balloon, about escaping from Arbeiter-Paradisical East Germany that is an absolute delight to watch.

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