Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Dano, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Release Year: 2016
Run time: 97 mins
About the movie.
Swiss Army Man is a story about a man, Hank, who makes it out of a stranded island with the help of a dead man, Manny. Hank is stranded alone in an island in the Pacific after he ran away from home and just as he is about to end his life, he sees a body washed along the shore. The person in the body is dead but he keeps farting continously. Later Hank makes his way out of the island by jet skiing on top of the body using Manny’s fart as a fuel. Manny also seems to have an unlimited supply of water inside his body that keeps coming out of his mouth whenever he is punched. Manny’s erection (every time he sees the picture of a pretty lady) is their compass that directs them towards human settlement. Hank carries Manny’s body around and Manny is like a multi-purpose Swiss Army knife that helps Hank escape dangers and death. Along the journey, these two men become friends, make up their own imaginary world, and Manny even comes back to life.
The performance of both the actors in the movie is praiseworthy. I also really enjoyed the songs and music that plays as they travel. Manny keeps asking questions to Hank about everything and begins to innocently contemplate upon the answers. I liked how deep and wise contemplations about human fears and societal expectations are embedded within simple conversations throughout the movie.
At the end of the movie, I was expecting to see a sad man transformed into a happy one because of the company of a strange dead man along the journey. I must say that I was very disappointed. The movie also had a lot of unanswered questions. I had no clue about how Hank ended up in the island or who Manny was. It required a lot of patience to make it through the movie because the scenes are too slow and dragging. And the ending seemed so incomplete. There I was watching the movie wondering what will happen next and all of a sudden the screen plays ‘The End’.
I didn’t love or like the movie. I wouldn’t say I hated it either. I would definitely not recommend the movie to anybody unless they are movie buffs who are out there to watch every kind of movie they can find. I would give the movie 2 out of 5 stars.