Father of Invention
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Robert Axle, an eccentric inventor turned egomaniacal infomercial guru, loses it all when one of his inventions maims thousands of customers. After 8 years in maximum-security prison, Axle is ready to redeem his name and rebuild his billion-dollar empire. But first he must convince his estranged 22-year old daughter to let him live with her and her quirky, over protective roommates.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Before today, I can honestly say that I had never heard of this film. When I took a gander at the cast, I definitely became curious about it though. It stars Kevin Spacey, Camilla Belle, Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville, Craig Robinson and Virginia Madsen. I mean, itís not a great cast by any means, but itís definitely got some talented actors to help carry the film. The director was trying to put together a movie with all these different cast members to make the story more interesting, however, the lack of chemistry between them shows through and contradicts his intentions.
I generally liked the idea for the story with Spacey playing an inventor or a ďfabricatorĒ, as heís called in the film, who winds up in prison due to a manufacturing default with one of his fabrications. After 10 years, he tries to pick up where he left off and attempts to make it big again with just one great idea. I think part of my problem with the film is that when Spacey is supposed to really be down on his luck, you just donít care about him at all and before you know, heís back on his feet. I guess you could say that the pacing of the film was also a little off.
FATHER OF INVENTION is kind of stuck in this weird limbo where itís not quite funny enough to be a comedy and itís not really compelling enough to be considered a drama. The cast seems like they did the best they could with what they were given, but whether it was poor direction or just a lack of passion in the project, FATHER OF INVENTION just never really came together for me. The best performances came from Johnny Knoxville and Heather Graham, who plays an angry lesbian (and is described as such constantly throughout the film). Knoxville mightíve been the filmís comedic saving grace, but he was given what seemed like a meager 5 minutes of screen time during the course of the movie.
The Making Of Father Of Invention: The producers of the film and the director, Trent Cooper, discuss the script and how the idea of the story came to be. They each discuss what the movie is to them and what they felt that the story was trying to convey. Itís a pretty obvious theme once youíve sat through the movie, so this was a bit redundant. Various cast members also talk about their roles in the film and discuss how they pictured their characters. Very straightforward formulaic ďmaking ofĒ stuff here. This whole feature felt thrown together just for the sake of being able to have a special features option. Especially since a good chunk of this feature is just clips from the movie itself, which I didnít need a refresher on since I had just finished watching it.
After all is said and done, FATHER OF INVENTION shouldíve been a good movie and had everything it needed to be that at the very least, but came up short. Itís maybe good for a quick watch if you have nothing else to catch up on, but other than that, I donít think itís really worth the time.