by Jef Burnham
Coming to DVD on May 27, 2008, from Danger After Dark/TLA Releasing.
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This Swedish film is strongly rooted in comic books and video games, though it truly bears little resemblance to either medium. What opens with the promise of being an action film filled with bloody street brawls, turns out to be more of an examination of one man’s inability to feel (both emotionally and in a tactile capacity).
Donny, more commonly known as DD, is a hapless, pot smoking lay about, who is too cheap and lazy to even get himself laid. By chance (or so it seems), DD is given a mysterious white box by a woman named Lova, who claims the box is the key to “everything.” As it turns out, Lova may also be an immortal and a fictional character— the star of comic books and video games, Storm. The DVD synopsis says that they travel through time in a battle of good vs. evil, but I’m not sure that’s entirely accurate. What it boils down to is that there are a group of bald maniacs led by a man with a scar, who wants to keep DD from remembering some suppressed childhood memory. Personally, I don’t see revisiting memories as time travel. It makes little sense when you’re watching it, but the film has a great sense of humor, softening up the audience with an Amelie-style introduction from DD.
The synopsis also compares the film to The Matrix, which is really unfair to Storm. The two films are nothing alike, and Storm, with its virtually unexplained, complicated storyline, is far more intelligent than the Wachowskis’ action-fest. And as I hinted at before, there is very little fighting, though the film opens with Lova beating the maniacs with a bike chain. But there is one incredible action sequence, which harkens less to The Matrix than to comic books in general, where DD is reading a comic book about Storm. The sequence begins in animation and dissolves into live action, with Eva Rose (who plays Lova) as Storm, maneuvering her way through a series of laser trips and kicking some bald maniac ass.
Overall, Storm may be a little off-putting to some viewers with its vague storyline and sporadic periods of more introspective down time, but it is definitely worth a watch for those who enjoy more experimental cinema.
Jef Burnham is a writer and film critic living in Chicago.
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