I really wanted this movie to be phenomenal, the setup was really good: Texas wasteland, comic-book characters and a story that combines horror and comedy into one potent mixture. Alas, The Rambler turned out to be quite different, not necessarily worse, just different. With a strong, surreal imagery and an artistic take on the timeline, it can be quite confusing sometimes but it still delivers. Of course, for the ones that ordered it, so let me warn you right here: if you are not in a mood for this sort of thing, you should skip the movie and perhaps watch on one of those flat and blank nights. You know those nights when nothing important has happened in days and you just want something to jog you. With a circus-like atmosphere; with crazy doctors and even crazier contraptions, lizards and weird lights appearing out of nowhere you just can’t guess where this movie will take you…
The Rambler (Dermot Mulroney), a mysterious drifter with no goals or any direction in his life after he’s released from prison, suddenly finds out that he has a brother. This changes his life, and he decides to travel to his farm where he’s offered a job. He starts his journey through a surreal world of characters, places and events hoping to finally settle down…
Style over substance is a keyword here, as The Rambler scene after scene slowly loses grip over the crazy horse its riding. You can take this in two ways, the first one being: hey, let’s ride this thing and see where it takes us and the second one: this ride is too crazy for me. Looking through the eyes of a very simple and yet mysterious stranger, everything seems new and interesting, especially compared to our mundane lives. I liked the twist on The Rambler as the classical anti-hero is no hero at all. He’s not smooth or very smart, but just a man with a very strange mindset seemingly unburdened by morality, so his reactions are intriguing and the thing that makes you watch the movie to see what’s going to happen next.
Director: Calvin Reeder
Writer: Calvin Reeder
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Lindsay Pulsipher, Natasha Lyonne, James Cady, Robyn Reede, Christopher Dempsey
Fun Facts: Filming Locations: Roswell, New Mexico, USA