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Frenemy: Review

So I watched this movie the other night, released in 2009, and the only reason why I got it was because it had ‘Zach Galifianakis’ in the list of people starring in it. If you haven’t watched the movie yet, this article is definitely a spoiler! So watch out. Unless you don’t mind. Obviously, though, I wouldn’t want to talk about the plot, the characters, the events and the ending. That’s boring. Rather, I’d tell you what the movie’s about generally. Details are left for you to watch : )

When it comes to movies, and much like books, you can actually tell a lot just by looking at who directed it, who the actors are, read the brief on the back, and recognize the genre. Well, let me tell you this: nothing about Frenemy is what you’d expect. Heck, even the brief does in no way prepare you for what’s coming. Did they do that on purpose? I got no clue. They either wrote a misleading brief intentionally, or they didn’t quite hire the right guy to write it, simply because it just does not fit with the plot and events in the movie!
Of course when you read Galifianakis, at least to me, nothing comes to mind except The Hangover. And if you didn’t laugh watching it, well.. you probably lead a very boring life. Regardless of that, and just from reading the title, I had the impression that Frenemy was about Friends and Enemies, and since the DVD had the poster shown above, I thought, “well..this is about Zach having to constantly make decisions that are life-changing but is torn between a friend and an enemey”. Or so I thought. The movie is (brace yourselves) deeply philosophical and at times very disturbing.

You heard me. And here’s the kicker. Zach is only in the movie for mere minutes! But that’s fine. See, sure I bought the movie thinking he’s in it, and I still enjoyed the movie very much, but it just is very confusing to have this… brief… on the back of the case when it in fact has nothing to do with it. Here’s what the brief says:

After a group of friends witness a horrifying crime, they wonder how they were lucky enough to escape, unharmed, while one friend did not. Through this self-discovery they start to understand the meaning of their own hilarious yet twisted fate. As their time starts to run out, the chance at redemption isn’t too far behind.

I got so confused to a point that I still have lingering doubts that maybe.. just maybe.. I misunderstood the point. And it would be nice to know that I have missed the point, actually! So what does the movie talk about then?
Well, ultimately, it explains, throughout the span of the movie, the concept of Evil. What is Evil? Is ‘evil’ different from ‘being evil’? What is God’s role in the presence of Evil?And the scariest part: how can ‘evil’ be rationalized?

We’re talking about the story of one guy here.. just one.. definitely not a ‘group of friends’. This guy has a friend who simply seems to be imaginery however way you look at him, although he does exist. And this friend seems to be the source of influence for our protagonist. They go from one place to another committing hideous murders and talk about it afterwards. And at the end they both meet the same fate, with a rather biblical twist.

My rating? a humble six (on a 10-point scale). Would I watch it again? No. But it was a nice non-Hollywood experience. So go ahead and watch it if you like twists.

Happy New Year, by the way : )

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