[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
The Anarchist Cookbook
A movie about a young honors student-turned-anarchist, Puck, and his group of anarchist friends living peacefully in a Dallas commune until a nihilist, Johnny Black, appears with The Anarchist Cookbook and completely destroys their way of life.
This film is very, very loosely connected with the book "The Anarchist Cookbook," a collection of do-it-yourself explosives, weapons and other violent tools which has since been disavowed by its author. Aside from featuring the book, the movie has absolutely no connection to it.
The movie does connect to the life of college dropout Puck (Devon Gummersall), an intelligent anarchist who spends his days living in a commune of like-minded folks among them: Karla (Gina Philips), a man hating feminist, Johnny Red (John Savage) a peaceful old hippie and Double-D (Steve Van Wormer), Puck's dimwitted best friend. Aside from protesting "oppressive" government actions, everything is relatively calm on the commune as they wait for the revolution, that is until the…
This is a rather mixed bag. A bunch of drop-outs and social misfits live together in a commune in Dallas, spending their time finding lame ways to "fuck the system" and "stick it to the man", until the arrival of the mysterious anarchist Johnny Black. For a long time it just feels like pretentious, pseudo-Fight Club anti-government drivel, with some painfully bad dialogue and rather poor performances. But things start to pick up in the third act, leading to a quite satisfying conclusion. It's manically edited, and visually inventive, but overall it wasn't as interesting as it wanted to be.
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