Review by James Lindorf
Jobe spends his days rollerblading around Manhattan selling drugs for a mysterious organization to an eclectic mix of weirdos. When he gets the call to make a special delivery to his favorite actor, Royce David Leslie (Theodore Bouloukos), he’s completely starstruck. An exciting encounter devolves into a train wreck when the actor dies, and Jobe is forced to flee into the night. Afraid and confused, he escapes into the night, dodging the police, paparazzi and heartbroken superfans, all while entertaining his mom who is visiting from out of town. Jobe’z World will be released by Factory 25 on January 11th.
Though we open on a pontificating voiceover from star Jason Grisell about the infinite void of space set to crude images of constellations and a soundtrack more at home in an over the top science fiction film, Jobe’s world is only slightly larger than the budget for Writer and Director Michael M. Bilandic’s (Hellaware) film. We are introduced to a number of his customers and his roommate, but each of them has very little to offer the movie. Instead of expanding the story, they exist merely to entertain through their quirks. Sometimes that can be enough if the story features a compelling protagonist, but he has little more to offer to the audience than any one of them.
The best performance of the film was provided by Bouloukos as the eccentric actor with a penchant for a drug described as “worse than what killed MJ and Prince put together,” according to Jobe’s boss, at least. He is able to give a varied performance during his short amount of screen time even though he too is underwritten. We don’t know why he is doing such a dangerous drug, what motivates him or where he would go next if he survived the night. His only function is to get Jobe on the run.
I think it is clear that Bilandic has a message he wants to share. It may be about the futility of working a 9 to 5 when compared to the vast expanse of space and our place in the galaxy or maybe it is about our collective obsession with famous people. It is impossible to tell because the film failed on nearly every technical and artistic level. I think the aim was to create a cult classic that gave everyone a character they would cheer for when they came on screen, but unfortunately, they were unsuccessful.