James Tucker’s no newbie to film, and what he brings to his newest flick Addiction is a tightly wrapped story about a simple man who’s inner demons are unleashed by a sequence of unexpected events. The film, which debuted in New York this past August, takes three stories, which are similar in context, and brings them together into one nicely packaged story about addiction.
When you hear the word “addiction,” you think about drugs, or about a craving you can’t refuse. Writer Joshua Nelson looks at life, and points out that not only drugs can be addicting. Bob, played wonderfully by Frank Franconeri, is a happy man, married to his wife Lisa (Mim Granahan), and working at a typical office job. He’s sort of a push over, but he’s really just a nice guy. His cousin Frankie (Joshua Nelson, also the writer) is addicted to heroin, and just got out of the joint. He begs Bob to help him out a little, and Bob shuns the idea that Frankie might be back on Heroin, but helps him anyways. While Bob is on his way back from work, he is mugged in an alley. While he is being mugged, he tricks the mugger into ducking down and he grabs the guy’s knife and stabs him multiple times. Just like a druggie, like Frankie, Bob freaks out with his first brush with this new experience, he has a rush of feelings he’s never felt before, and he doesn’t know how to handle them. After gaining control of himself, he finds he’s become an insomniac, and the only way for him to sleep is to quench his new undying thirst for murder. Just like his cousin Frankie, he spins out of control into an end that cannot be fixed or repaired.
The acting was so good; it only heightened the screenplay, which was tremendous. Bobs transformation was creepy, and made you think you were watching a drug addict go further down the spiral; only he wasn’t addicted to drugs, like everyone thought. Slowly he’d get snappier, and more restless, until he reaches his breaking point where there was no return. The tension builds high, even my friend Kris stayed awake the entire two hours of the flick, so it must have been good (he sleeps through everything)!
There were only two things I didn’t like about the movie. First off I really didn’t like the child who played young Bob. When Bob has flashes of himself when he was young, he becomes this child, whom I found quite irritating. Second, I found the pace slow at times, and I only blame the third story, which I haven’t talked about yet. It was too much unnecessary story for this flick, and taking it out of the movie could have easily helped the pace. The third story was about a woman who gets fired from her job and becomes a hooker to help pay for her daughter’s living expenses. She points out one or two things about how the money could become an addiction, and she might become a prostitute her whole life, but really all of her segments were wasted time for me, the parallel between Bob and his cousin was enough.
Even through the slow parts, I found myself highly enthralled by Addiction. I was really into the story and the evolution of the character Bob, I wasn’t even waiting for the next kill (me not waiting for more blood and death?), I just wanted to see what happened next in the mess that his life had become. If you ever get a chance to see this movie, I highly recommend checking it out. You can watch the trailer by clicking here or watch for screening updates at the official site.