Swiss Army Man

Swiss Army Man

Dan Kwan (2016)

93min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Disgustingly infantile or poignantly oddball? This debut feature from Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert sparks division, but one thing's for certain: this combo of Cast Away and Weekend at Bernie's draws a line under Daniel Radcliffe's past as Harry Potter. It is a curious fable of an imaginary friendship between suicidal loser Hank (Paul Dano) and the decomposing corpse he dubs Manny (Radcliffe) that has washed up on the island he is stranded on. While contemplating death, he begins an uncompromising journey into unexpected laughter, off-putting shock and emotional suspense. Manny becomes Hank's all-purpose survival tool with his flatulence used as jet propulsion, post-mortem erections as a field compass, his empty stomach a handy water canteen etc. There's an inconsistency in tone ranging between frenzied delirium and stilted dullness that means it is sporadically fun but overreaches as a surreal "bromance". Still, the film-makers are consistently inventive in ways you can't un-see, with images you truly won't forget.

Cast & Crew

Hank Paul Dano
Manny Daniel Radcliffe
Sarah Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Crissie Antonia Ribero
Preston Timothy Eulich
Hank's dad Richard Gross
Director Dan Kwan
Director Daniel Scheinert
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Picturehouse EntertainmentAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Sep 2016