Strap in Buttercup, Who's Watching Oliver is this week's one way ticket on the crazy train. Fair warning, if you have any sort of weird, psychosomatic mommy issues, this may not be the film for you. Who's Watching Oliver is the story of a quiet, unassuming but clearly unhinged young man (Russell Banks) who just wants to make his dear ol' mom happy. The only trouble is that Oliver's sweetheart of a mother is a sadistic creature from the bowels of hell who likes nothing more than to watch her little boo bear ritually rape, torture and murder unsuspecting girls. Eat your heart out Norma Bates. After years of systematic abuse from his mother, Oliver is no longer at will to refuse even her most insane and perverse whims. Is he a monster or was he made to be a monster or perhaps, is that all any monster really is? Certainly some deep soul food for thought writer/director Richie Moore is serving up. The film looks to be shot in somewhere in Asia, which not only serves as a beautiful backdrop, but really lends a stranger in a strange land feel to Oliver as he bumbles through the exotic marketplaces, clumsily stalking his prey in dingy dive bars. Watch out ladies, he's a smooth talker this one.
"I may not be pretty but I have what you want...drugs, I have drugs"
"I have money, LOTS of money and I need a girlfriend tonight"
Oliver's deliverance from evil and little ray of sunshine comes in the form of the equally beautiful and enigmatic Sophia, played ever so delightfully by Sara Lane. She shows Oliver a tenderness and genuine affection that's not only been missing from his life but seems to be all but alien to him. It's this unraveling of the monster within Oliver that really drives the film as he grows to not only accept Sophia's love, identify with the eccentric beauty's own troubled past and ultimately resist the power his evil bitch of a mother wields over him. Will that be enough though? Can the power of love conquer the wreathing lunatic within? I guess you'll just have to watch and see. Who's Watching Oliver is out August 1st. #mamawantstowatch
Review by The Great Beludini