Forget everything you think you know about Uwe Boll. Okay, not quite everything. Postal is, once again, a Boll film adapted from a video game, but while his early efforts were ever-so serious Postal is a crudely uproarious, positively hilarious satire of post 9/11 America, religious extremism, conspiracy theories, and just about anything else you’d care to throw into the pot. There is no cow too sacred, no joke too crude for Boll and company. And while the dick and fart jokes abound, Postal also shows a surprisingly sharp satiric edge, one that guarantees the film will offend many as all good satire does. Could it be that this late into his career Boll has found his true calling?
Zack Ward stars as the Dude, an unemployed loser living out a string of pointless days with his morbidly obese wife in a trailer park on the outskirts of Paradise. His uncle Dave –- played by frontally nude former Kid in the Hall Dave Foley –- is Uncle Dave, the head of a bogus religious cult on the outskirts of town, a sexual empire in danger of crumbling thanks to years of tax evasion, and the Dude joins Uncle Dave in a scam to raise some quick funds to avert disaster. Their target? A collection of rare Krotchy dolls, a highly sought-after, penis-shaped collectible based on a cartoon character voiced by Vern Troyer with the world’s only supply being held in a German theme park run by Uwe Boll, playing himself. Steal the dolls, put them on eBay, live off the profits. Simple enough, no? Er… no. See, Osama Bin Laden is hiding out in the back room of a convenience store in town, and his latest plot involves lacing the dolls with biological weapons before putting them into the hands of America’s children. It’s only a matter of time before the Dude is caught at the centre of a swirling maelstrom of over-the-top violence.
Playing like a demented blend of the Farrelly Brothers, South Park and Troma, Boll’s latest is a manic, tasteless masterpiece. The opening sequence alone virtually guarantees it will never be released on U.S. theatre screens, but when you make a film sure to infuriate Republicans and Islamist militants alike, you must be doing something right. And, yes, this is the film that Boll boxed a number of film critics for.
WORLD PREMIERE Hosted by Writer/Director UWE BOLL
Director: Uwe Boll
Screenplay: Uwe Boll
Cast: Zack Ward
Producers: Uwe Boll, Dan Clarke, Shawn Williamson
Distributor: Boll KG