'Invincible Force': Losing one's self while trying to get fit
A movie review of "Invincible Force," an interminable "documentary" about a weight-loss fanatic who cracks up when he loses 35 pounds in 90 days.
Special to The Seattle Times
'Invincible Force,' with Drew Ailes. Directed by Daniel Schneidkraut, from a screenplay by Schneidkraut and Andrew Martin. 131 minutes. Not rated; for mature audiences (contains profanity, sex scenes). Grand Illusion.
When is a documentary a true nonfiction film? The borders have been smudged lately, especially with movies like "Invincible Force" that present themselves as documentaries yet supply full script and directing credits.
The filmmakers, according to the press notes, declare that only professional actors and crew were used, but that "no money was spent on the production." All equipment and props were borrowed. Between Aug. 29 and Nov. 26, 2010, several video formats were used to record the film's star, Drew Ailes, as he lost 35 pounds.
Like a reversal of Morgan Spurlock's 2004 documentary, "Super Size Me," which demonstrated the impact of eating every meal at McDonald's for a month, "Invincible Force" shows how diet and exercise can essentially reshape the human form.
According to the movie, it can also wreak havoc on your personal life. During those 90 days, Drew (also the character's name) rudely breaks up with his girlfriend, runs into problems with his "rent situation" (the lights are first to go) and declares that he's become "impregnable."
He cracks up so quickly, with so little motivation, that he becomes ridiculous. After shoplifting a camera, he declares that "if you're white and you've got a nice body, you can get away with anything." This somehow leads him to the conclusion that "I've finally found my purpose in life."
It takes more than two hours for this to play out, and the only entertaining touches are Drew's interactions with visitors or bystanders who are shocked by his behavior. The rest is simply interminable.
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