The Darwin Awards
A Comedy...To Die For.
Based on four best-selling non-fiction books of over 700 Darwin Award cases, The Darwin Awards takes a darkly comic view at the people who risk their lives pursuing a crazy idea... only to end up improving the human race by removing themselves from the gene pool and thus earning a 'Darwin' award.
This was decent, nothing extraordinary.
Average but enjoyable. David Arquette's bit was really cute.
The potential was great, but the execution was so lame and acting so bad it was painful to watch, considering the names included in this film. Overall, watchable but not recommendable.
A pleasant suprise. No small task given that the movie is based on a web site.
I can see why this looked like a good idea when it was in the conceptual stages, but the entire project came together really badly. The plot devices--specifically, Fiennes' 'genius,' are unnatural, unbelievable, and, in my honest opinion, a way for the scriptwriter to cheat.
The director attempts to circumvent having to actually try with his cinematography by including the (useless) film school character, who ends up being bothersome at the very least.
Really, the only points at which I was solidly entertained were whenever those great cameos came up, like Lukas Haas, Jamie Hyneman, and Adam Savage.
The acting, too, was ultimately sub-par. Joseph Fiennes seems to underact, while Winona Ryder overacted. I didn't much like the job done by Tim Blake Nelson either, but I think the fault for that probably laid almost entirely in the hands of the script and directing.