--Review by Nic Brown What
do you do when you don’t have anything left to lose? If you’re Zack Ward
in Uwe Boll’s latest video game-to-film flick, you go
Postal. Ward plays the Postal Dude, a man who is truly down on
his luck. He’s humiliated at a job interview, his obese wife is
cheating on him (with everyone), and he is caught in a gunfight at
the unemployment office. Now, as a last resort, he goes to his Uncle
Dave (Dave Foley). Dave happens to run a cult that believes he’s the
messiah. However, his divine status hasn’t protected Dave from the
IRS and now he has to come up with a lot of cash or go to prison.
The two come up with a plan to steal a shipment of a hot new toy
that is in short supply and sell them on E-Bay. The only flaw in the
plan is that the Taliban has set their sights on the same shipment
to use in a terrorist plot to end the world.
Postal is a fast paced action/comedy that lampoons
religion, politics, consumerism, big business, the media, and just
about any other institution that falls into Boll’s sights. Zack Ward
is great as the man who has had enough, the Postal Dude. Ward has
the physical presence to pull of the demanding action of the film,
but his comedic skills are what really set him out in this role.
Comedian Dave Foley also stands out as the hedonistic cult leader
who, despite being self-centered and larcenous, is still a likeable
guy. As well as producing and directing the film, Uwe Boll also
co-wrote Postal with his long time associate Bryan C.
Knight. Boll even appears in the film as himself and plays off his
own reputation in some of the film’s funniest moments.
Postal is an irreverent film that spares no one’s feelings.
The film’s mix of violence, comedy, sex, and political satire is not
for everyone. However, it is these same qualities that will offend
some, which make the film so much fun to watch. The movie holds to
comedic mirror up to America’s pop-culture lifestyle, drawing its
humor from our own absurdities. Boll has been panned by many critics
for his earlier works, and many will undoubtedly deride Postal
for its violence and often crude humor. That is unfortunate, because
to do so is to miss the film’s social satire. Postal is a
whirlwind mix of violence and humor the likes of which is seldom
seen. Check it out for yourself! (click
here for the Postal website)