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Published on November 1st, 2005 | by Greg


“Nothing;” is Something

There are far too few late 20-something realistic movies.. Apparently, all 25-35 year-olds drink heavily, sleep around, and have really dramatic lives revolving around high-paying jobs in New York City.

For the rest of us, or at least a few more of us, there’s Nothing (available on DVD). One of the rare films that actually takes place where it was filmed (Toronto), the movie’s plot is pretty thin but doesn’t need any extra thickness. Two guys, abandoned, abused, and accused of crimes they didn’t commit wish for it all to go away… and it does.

A pretty clever premise, the movie seems almost based on a play- simple or non-existent sets, some existential confusion that inevitably ends in videogame matches, only two real characters in the entire film. A movie like this lives or dies on it’s acting and direction, and luckily Nothing pulls together. It never quite lives up to its engaging and amusing opening minutes- but you’re not quite sure where it will go, just as the characters are not quite sure where it all went.

Directed by Vincenzo Natali, who previously made another movie of a very different type from a similarly barebones premise (Cube), Nothing isn’t funny enough to be a comedy and lacks the action or pizazz of a science fiction movie. The closest category would probably be “absurdist drama”, like Alice in Wonderland or Samuel Beckett, but it manages to be plenty of engaging for a film with a cast of two. The music is minimal, the special effects are perfectly acceptable- it is the cinematography and storyline that makes the film.

Nothing isn’t the best movie of the year, and it likely won’t appeal to kids or grownups, but it is one of the better recent movies about that lost age group in between.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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