Bill (Bill Oberst Jr.) is an aspiring writer who moonlights as a moving man to make ends meet. Unfortunately, he is unable to differentiate reality from a fantasy world going on simultaneously in his head; and thus begins poor old Bill’s descent into madness.
I can just see your little ears pricking up at the synopsis of Coyote. You’re like “Hey, sounds cool. It’d be nice watching someone else go crazy for a change.” As interesting as it might be to watch someone go full nutburger, you might want to get your jollies from another film.
Coyote is written and directed by Trevor Juenger, and methinks Mr. Juenger might’ve spent too much time in the William S. Burroughs/Kafka department at film school. There’s a whole collage of craziness going on here, and none of it makes any sense.
First scene opens and Bill is already off his rocker, and it seems like he’s been there for some time. You get the feeling that, like everything else in Bill’s life, being a writer exists only in his head. And Juenger is trying to tell us something by making this big old fashioned red typewriter on Bill’s sparse table, the focus of every scene it appears in, but I can’t make heads or tails of what this hulking red menace is supposed to represent. In fact Juenger seems to have OD’d on the use of imagery, so much so, that it’s hard to see beyond it, to the actual story he’s trying to tell.
From what I can gather, and really you almost need a forensics expert to dissect this script, Bill wants to write, but he’s either talentless or just plain crazy. He begins, but never finishes anything; can barely construct a letter home to his mother –if she even exists. Then we see Bill making some kind of box –a coffin I think (Your guess is as good as mine), during which he accidentally smashes his thumb to a bloody pulp. Then while cleaning his wound in the kitchen, Bill slips into this crazy world where a naked woman sucks his bleeding thumb like a pro. Whaaat??
In some scenes the thumb is bandaged, and covered with the dark crimson color of dried blood. In other scenes his thumb is right as rain. And it’s this back and forth between reality and fantasy where the film loses its foothold. Maybe Juenger is trying to immerse us in the crazy world in which Bill lives, so that we can experience firsthand what he’s going through. And that might’ve worked, but Coyote is unfortunately hampered by an incoherent script, as well as a cast of well-meaning but ineffective actors.
Coyote is a WildEye release film. The 1.78:1 presentation has some problematic lighting issues, with scenes so dark at times, one can hardly see what’s taking place on the screen. The problems don’t stop there, the Dolby 2.0 Audio sounds as if the dialogue was recorded in an empty swimming pool, and the soundtrack is a clanging cacophony of dissonant noises. Extras include several film commentaries, a short called Trash man, that is just as confusing as Coyote, but thankfully much shorter. Also included are film trailers from other Wild Eye Releasing films.
The art house crowd might love this film, but for those of us who just want to watch a movie with a solid story and decent acting, steer clear of this beast – Guilty
Coyote (DVD) 2014, Fox, 75minutes, NR (2014)
VIDEO: 1.78:1 AUDIO: Dolby 2.0 Stereo (English)
SUBTITLES: None EXTRAS: Commentaries, Film Short, Trailers ACCOMPLICES: IMDB