This Is Not a Movie?
This Is Not a Movie is a psychedelic experience. Filmed in black and white, the overall watching experience is enhanced by the background score composed by Slash. With just three cast members, and the lead actor playing two other characters of himself, This Is Not a Movie has no story or plot.
It is an hour and 39 minutes of strong self loathing and self denial where the protagonist debates with his two alter egos about existentialism.
The story, or whatever the writer chose to call it, is set in Las Vegas, Nevada. The world is supposedly about to end in 48 hours and Pete, played by Edward Furlong (John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgement day), doesn’t want to die without knowing who he really is. He feels he has lived a life based on the decisions made by the system.
He suspects there is a group called the Masters of Propaganda, aka MOP, who sell happiness and fear to the world.
After 15 minutes into the movie I lost track of what is happening, and where this drama is headed towards. What starts off as an interesting conversation between Pete and his alter ego loses steam midway, and a new Pete joins them from a third dimension.
Over the next hour, the third Pete tries to convince the other two Petes that they are characters in a movie; a figment of a writer’s imagination. However, they will buy none of that and dabble endlessly about topics ranging from propaganda, reality, god and existence.
When there appears to be no ending to This Is Not a Movie, it changes gears and Pete meets the writer or GOD who gave life to Pete. Well, that was how it ended.
This Is Not a Movie has frustratingly tried to answer some questions, that it posed for itself, and failed miserably at it. I would say it aimed higher and fell short in the end. On a scale of 1 to 10, you’ll find this on the far extreme of Richard Linklater’s Waking Life. I would still say that this belongs to an abstract genre of films that would appeal only to people on the same wavelength as the writer.