Postal (film)

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Postal
Postalposter07.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Uwe Boll
Produced by Vince Desiderio
Dan Clarke
Shawn Williamson
Written by Uwe Boll
Bryan C. Knight
Based on Postal 
by Vince Desiderio
Starring Zack Ward
Dave Foley
Chris Coppola
Jackie Tohn
J.K. Simmons
Verne Troyer
Larry Thomas
David Huddleston
Seymour Cassel
Music by Jessica de Rooij
Cinematography Mathias Neumann
Edited by Julian Clarke
Production
  company
Running With Scissors, Inc.
Brightlight Pictures
Pitchblack Pictures
Distributed by Freestyle Releasing
Vivendi Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • October 18, 2007 (2007-10-18) (Germany)
  • May 23, 2008 (2008-05-23) (Canada/US)
Running time 114 minutes (Director's cut)
102 minutes (Unrated cut)
100 minutes
Country United States
Canada
Germany
Language English
Budget $15 million[1]
Box office $18,002,623 (USA)[2]

Postal is a 2007 action comedy film co-written and directed by Uwe Boll. The film stars Zack Ward, Dave Foley, Chris Coppola, Jackie Tohn, J.K. Simmons, Verne Troyer, Larry Thomas, David Huddleston, and Seymour Cassel.

Like the majority of Boll's previous films, Postal is a film adaptation of a video game, in this case, Postal, though this film draws more heavily from that video game's sequel, Postal 2.

Plot[edit]

The film takes place in the town of Paradise, Arizona (a ghost town in real life), where the volatile Postal Dude, after being mocked at a job interview, kicked out of his local unemployment office and discovering that his morbidly obese wife is cheating on him, is more than a little angry and is desperate to get enough cash to finally leave his dead-end town. He decides to team up with his Uncle Dave, a slovenly con artist turned doomsday cult leader who owes the US government over a million dollars in back-taxes. With the help of Uncle Dave's right hand man Richie and an army of big-breasted, scantily clad cult members, the Dude devises a plan to hijack a shipment of 2,000 Krotchy Dolls, a rare, sought-after plush toy resembling a giant scrotum. Uncle Dave plans to sell them online, where their prices have reached as high as $4,000 a doll.

Unbeknownst to them, Osama bin Laden and his group of Al-Qaeda terrorists, who had been secretly hiding in Paradise since September 11, under the watchful eye of bin Laden's best friend George W. Bush, are after the same shipment, but for entirely different reasons. Hoping to outdo the catastrophe of 9/11, they plan to instill the dolls with Avian influenza and distribute them to unsuspecting American children. The two groups meet at the shipment's destination, Nazi-themed amusement park Little Germany. A fight between Postal creator Vince Desi and Postal director and park owner Uwe Boll (which ends with Boll being shot in the genitals, confessing "I hate video games"), sparks a massive shootout between the cult, the terrorists and the police, resulting in the deaths of dozens of innocent children. The Dude and the cult are able to get away with both the shipment and the park's opening day guest, Verne Troyer, pursued by Al-Qaeda, the police and a mob of angry citizens.

Upon returning to their compound, which has been overtaken by the terrorists, the Dude, Uncle Dave and the rest covertly sneak into the compound's underground bunker, where Richie reveals that he must now fulfill the prophecy foretold in Uncle Dave's fictional Bible: to bring about the extinction of the human race. As per Uncle Dave's Bible, the event initiating the apocalypse is the rape of a "tiny entertainer" by a thousand monkeys. After Verne Troyer is quickly thrown into a pit of chimpanzees, Richie shoots and kills Uncle Dave, then imprisons the Dude. The Dude manages to escape the compound with a plethora of weapons, deciding to wage a one-man war against al-Qaeda, his uncle's murderer, his cheating wife, the police and the many people who want him dead. On the way to his trailer (where he plans to blow up his spouse), he meets up with an attractive young barista, Faith, who joins forces with him after an explosive gunfight followed later by the Dude's heartfelt but futile monologue about war. The two of them then proceed to kill all the terrorists, all the bloodthirsty townspeople, the remains of the now-mad cult, his wife, and her multiple lovers. In the midst of the shootout, bin Laden escapes to a payphone, where he calls Bush for help. Bush sends a helicopter to save him and plans for the two to rendezvous.

Having won their war, the Dude, his dog Champ and the barista drive away in a stolen police car. They casually turn on the radio, only to learn that Bush has blamed the day's shootouts and explosions on China and India, and has been "forced to destroy both countries with nuclear force". China, in retaliation, has unleashed 30 nuclear missiles towards America, which are scheduled to hit in under two minutes.

The film's final shot features Bush and bin Laden skipping through a field together, hand-in-hand. As mushroom clouds explode on the horizon, bin Laden laughs and says, "Georgie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship". At that moment, all of the nuclear missiles hit, and the country is destroyed.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

According to Uwe Boll, the German fan club for Postal contacted him, offering the possibility of the game being adapted into a film.[3] Intrigued by the game's premise and blatant political incorrectness, Boll contacted Running With Scissors, Inc. president Vince Desiderio, who sold him the rights under the condition that he would be involved with the script and the production. Supposedly, Desiderio and Postal 2 director Steve Wik pitched a much grittier, darker version of the Postal story, but Boll rejected it, fully intent on turning it into a comedy in order to use the film as a platform for political satire as well as "revenge" against the people who have protested his movies.[3] Boll ended up writing the script with assistant director Bryan C. Knight, who had worked on all of Boll's previous video game adaptations. In an interview for Nathan Rabin's book about movie flops, Dave Foley said that Boll did want to make a serious statement about how a cult of heroism had surrounded people who were murdered in the 9/11 attacks, and that he and Boll agreed that being the victim of terrorism makes people victims, not heroes. Foley added that he tried to talk Boll out of including the notorious 9/11 sequence that opens the film where two Al Qaeda hijackers plan to call off their attack when Osama Bin Laden informs them that they will not receive anywhere near 72 virgins for their services, only to have passengers break into the cockpit and accidentally fly the plane into the World Trade Center because the film would have no chance of appearing on many (or any) screens in the U.S. if it stayed in, which is what really happened.

Postal filmed from September 13-October 30, 2006 in Cloverdale and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[2]

Release and box office performance[edit]

Worldwide release[edit]

The 114-minute director's cut of Postal premiered at Montreal's Fantasia Festival on July 21, 2007. The film made its way along several more United States and European film festivals until finally receiving a limited release in Germany on October 18. It opened at #27 in the German box office, taking in $79,353 from 48 screens and banked $142,761 in its entire run. In Italy it ended its box office run after two weeks with $3,980. As of August 31, 2008, it has grossed a total of $146,741 worldwide.[4][5]

American release[edit]

Despite Boll’s announcement that Postal would be given a wide release on October 12, 2007,[6] it was delayed until May 23, 2008. Additionally, on May 16, theater distributors pulled out of their deal for a wide release of 1,500 screens to a limited release of only four screens.[7][8] Said Boll of the change:

On May 20, the screen count increased to 12 screens. By the time of the film's release, it had grown to 21.[10]

Postal opened one day after Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which led to video promotions from Boll, jokingly claiming that his film would "destroy" the other film at the box office.[11] A number of Internet promos were made featuring Verne Troyer dressed as Indiana Jones, proclaiming Postal's superiority.[12][13]

Home media[edit]

Postal received its North American DVD release on August 26, 2008 in both 102-minute unrated and 100-minute rated versions, as well as a 102-minute unrated Blu-ray release. Both versions feature the film's trailer, a promotional spot featuring Verne Troyer's Indiana Jones, a featurette detailing the filming of the Little Germany scene, footage of Boll's infamous "Raging Boll" boxing matches, and an audio commentary by Boll. Some editions come with the full version of Postal 2 (Share the Pain edition) on a bonus CD.[14][15]

A 114-minute director's cut was released on September 26, 2008 in Germany. It was planned for a North American release on Blu-ray for November 25, 2008, and on DVD for January 6, 2009, but both of these releases were delayed indefinitely.[16]

Critical reception and awards[edit]

Reception from professional critics were very negative. The film holds an 7% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, based on 41 reviews (3 positive, 38 negative).[17]

Positive reviews have stemmed from such notable websites as G4,[18] UGO,[19] Film Threat,[20] JoBlo.com,[21] and MTV.[22] Additionally, some previous detractors of Boll’s work have recanted their opinions of the director after seeing Postal.[23]

The film was nominated for three Golden Raspberry Awards:[24] Worst Supporting Actor (Boll as himself), Worst Supporting Actor (Troyer as himself), and Worst Director (Boll). The film ended up winning Worst Director. Despite critical condemnation, Postal won two awards at the Hoboken International Film Festival: Best Director and the festival's top prize, Best of Festival.[25]

Sequel[edit]

Boll stated shortly after the film's production that he would most likely make a Postal 2, even if it went direct-to-video. In a 2012 interview, Vince Desi commented that they "are in talks at present regarding another movie".[26]

On August 28, 2013 Boll announced he was funding production of Postal 2 through Kickstarter, however the project was canceled on October 5 the same year.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Postal at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ a b http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486640/business
  3. ^ a b Uwe Boll's Commentary, Postal DVD
  4. ^ "Postal (2008) - International Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Postal (2008) - International Box Office Results". IMDB. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  6. ^ http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/feature/408
  7. ^ Going Postal with Running With Scissors CEO Vince Desi | Geek.com
  8. ^ Uwe Boll's Postal Denied Theatrical Release
  9. ^ Hollywood: Postal Opening On Four Screens (Yes, FOUR)
  10. ^ "UPDATED: Is Postal at a theater near you?". Movieset. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  11. ^ "Uwe Boll - We Will Destroy Indiana Jones". Kotaku.com. 2008-03-11. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  12. ^ "POSTAL's Mini Indiana Jones takes on Harrison Ford". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  13. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Mini Indy and Gen. Boll take on Dr. Jones". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  14. ^ Go POSTAL: Official Website of POSTAL 2
  15. ^ The Canadian release of the film does not include the video game.
  16. ^ "Postal [Blu-ray] [Director's Cut]: Amazon.de: Zack Ward, Dave Foley, Chris Coppola, Jackie Tohn, Ralph Moeller, Uwe Boll: Filme & TV". Amazon.de. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  17. ^ "Postal (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  18. ^ Posted July 3, 2007 - By Stephen Johnson (2007-07-03). "EXCLUSIVE: 'Postal' Actually A Good Movie". G4tv.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  19. ^ [1][dead link]
  20. ^ "Postal". Film Threat. 2008-05-24. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  21. ^ "Arrow in the Head: Horror reviews, interviews, mistresses, discussions forums". Joblo.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  22. ^ 04/18/2008 10:30:00 (2008-05-23). "'Postal': Bad To The Bone, By Kurt Loder - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  23. ^ Brown, Todd. "Fantasia Report: Todd Eats Crow, Declares Uwe Boll's Postal A Damn Good Movie. Really". Twitchfilm.net. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  24. ^ John Wilson (2009-01-22). "RAZZIES.COM 2008 Nominations". Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  25. ^ Contact Brian Crecente: Comment Facebook Twitter (2008-06-16). "Postal Wins Award... Really". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  26. ^ "Vince Desi von Running With Scissors im Interview". rebelgamer.de. 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  27. ^ Postal 2 Kickstarter project (Canceled)

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