by Caress Thirus
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The homeless are often viewed as no more than the decay of modern society. They roam the streets of urban areas, dirty and disheveled, begging for whatever spare change well-to-do citizens can spare as they rush along.
It’s Christmastime in Minneapolis, and Thomas Bach (Victor Browne) no doubt has big plans for his winter vacation. A well-to-do playboy, Bach spends his nights partying, bringing home a girl or two every night. He lives life in the fast lane and relishes in his success and the money that comes along with it.
There’s only one problem: Bach seems to be bombarded by the homeless everywhere he goes. He sees them as lazy people who want to leech off of the individuals working hard to earn a living. When US Senate candidate Andrew Stern (Cevin Middleton) asks Bach to represent his campaign, he agrees to do so, his distrust and hatred of the homeless fueling his decision and input.
Then he meets Katharine (Molly Kidder), a campaign worker for opposing candidate Senator Sweeney (Robert Pike Daniel). He begins to fall in love, and it makes him question his lifestyle. But this is just the beginning of Bach’s self-examination. When he gets a call from his high school girlfriend who claims she just gave birth to his son, his life takes a turn for the downright insane.
Monday Morning is shocking in more ways than one. It’s sad, off-putting, yet endearing in an odd way. The film is full of crazy twists and turns…perhaps too many. Though the story is original, it drags on at times and doesn’t really want to end. It features an offbeat sense of humor that would probably be considered childish if the content of the jokes wasn’t so adult. The hectic scenes that fill the movie from beginning to end successfully capture everyone’s idea of “Monday morning”. The movie’s strong suit is its script; though the witty banter can get a little corny, for the most part it seems very authentic. It is complex and deep, and will leave viewers thinking long after the last words are spoken.
Despite the workable acting, script, and storyline, something seems off. This is probably due to poor directing. It’s watchable, but random. Some moments shine, while others flop. Monday Morning is an original twist on a common story. It examines that definition of success, and will probably cause viewers to do the same.
Caress Thirus is a film lover from Chicago, IL. A recent graduate of Roosevelt University, she enjoys indie films, foreign films, and clever psychological thrillers.
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