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It’s all about the Soy Sauce, a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 80
- Fresh: 49
- Rotten: 31
- Average Rating: 5.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It zigs, zags and trips over its own feet and on its own home-brewed hallucinogens. It's a ridiculous, preposterous, sometimes maddening experience, but also kind of a blast.
Rotten: It's the ultimate in spoiler titles. And this stoner Ghostbusters, an altered state disguised as a movie, may also add up to a hot cult item if silliness doesn't sabotage the scares
Fresh: John lives in a frisky otherworld of willful incoherence all its own.
Fresh: What may be the most freewheeling and imaginative film of Coscarelli's checkered career, loaded with tripped-out mood and nicely balanced between humor, horror and an underlay of genuine sweetness.
Okay. John Dies at the End is one of my favorite books of all times, hands down. That being said, there is A LOT that happens in the book, there is no possible way they could have put all of it in the movie, we would be there for days. So, the writers did some plot surgery, and I feel like the end result was fantastic. Kind of crazy, goofy, scary, no real obvious direction, just like the book. The only major complaint I have is that the dog was called Bark Lee? What the heck? But otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Truly.
Could have been great, but wasn't.
As a fan of the book, I had been looking forward to this movie for a long time and thought it would deliver. Sadly, it didn't. If you were a fan of the book, you'll find a lot of important and fan favorite plot points missing. If you weren't a fan, you'll more likely be scratching your head in confusion than laughing or enjoying.
The movie starts out strong but slowly gets weaker and weaker and even more confusing as it goes on. No tension builds as it goes on. The ending is literally the main characters are lead to the end point and told to kill the bad guy whom we've heard nothing about thus far in the movie. Characters and relationships are lacking development and are just suddenly there with little explanation. Overall, it was more like watching a summary from someone who hadn't read the book in two years than watching an adaptation that could stand on its own.
The highlights of this movie are the actors. Despite not having great material to work with, they make the most of it. Rob Mayes, Chase Williamson, and Paul Giamatti give full performances that, unlike the movie, are not lacking in anyway. They carry the movie and make these undeveloped characters like-able.
It is still a must-see for anyone who has read the book if for no other reason than to see Rob Mayes perform Camel Holocaust. If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend that over the movie. It's overall funnier, more suspenseful, and a lot more fleshed out.
As someone who hasn't read the book, I thought this was a very entertaining and funny genre film. Good performances and good direction help make it more than a b-movie. Evil Dead meets The Matrix meets Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.