Tried of living his life as the punch line to a fat-kid joke, overweight pizza-boy Monty Goth (Matt Nelson) decides to deliver his own brand of take-out; take out your eyes, take out your spleen, take out…you get the idea.
delivers! Damnit, I promised myself I wouldn’t say that. Ahem…
Let me start over.
Here I sit, stripped down to my undies, marinating in my sweltering apartment after just having watched Delivery
, and there’s one film that keeps popping into my head: Buddy Giovinazzo’s Combat Shock
– let me explain.
In Buddy Giovinazzo’s Combat Shock
, the character of Frankie Dunlan returns home from Vietnam to find another war raging there; the war in his living-room, the war on the streets, the war against poverty and unemployment, and discrimination, is more affecting than any of the horrors he faced in the jungle. It’s the slow burn transition of Frankie Dunlan, from proud war veteran to uber-stressed, mentally-unhinged, murdering junkie, which I thought of most
as I watched an overweight, passive and relentlessly put-upon Monty Goth reach his
boiling point. It’s a credit to both Jose Zambrano Cassella’s skills as Writer/Director and Matt Nelson’s reserved and incredibly natural performance as Monty Goth that Delivery
succeeds as well as it does in getting us hooked, reeling us in, and slowly turning the thumb-screws. I would honestly tense-up every time anyone pushed Monty around or called him a fat-ass or a f**kin’ retard.
When I first loaded Delivery
into my DVD player, I was fully expecting a low-rent, fat-guy-goes-nutzoid type slasher shit-fest; actually, I kind of resigned myself to the fact that, whether I liked it or not…that’s just what I was going to get. Instead, what I got surprised me. Delivery
is a film that takes the time to develop and nurture a protagonist, a film that’s more concerned with story than flashy tricks, and a film that makes me care and keeps me invested in both the story and
the characters; That’s a pretty tall order that, to be honest, not too many no-budget shockers can claim, so sadly, as a result I usually find myself impatiently waiting for everyone to just take their clothes off and die so I can wheel into my office and fire-up a review – not this time.
If it’s a fat-guy goes nutzoid flick you’re after…go rent Fat Guy Goes Nutzoid
. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a flick that’s smartly written, well performed, expertly directed and damned entertaining…do yourselves a favor and call for Delivery
. The film is currently seeking-out a proper distribution deal, but if you'd like, the filmmakers pointed out filmbaby.com
as a good place to pick it up in the mean time.