Sunday, November 02, 2008

Special: Drugs and Superpowers

Today the LA Times published it's Holiday Movie Sneak Preview, with news and tidbits about the films scheduled for release through the beginning of January. Among the period dramas, predictable comedies and fantasy blockbusters is the indie dark comedy Special (or if you'd like a flash-free site without music, check out the original UK Special site).

Michael Rapaport stars as Les Franken, "an average guy" who is obsessed with comic books. He participates in a clinical drug trial for a new antidepressant, Specioprin Hydrochloride aka "Special". As the drug trial progresses Les is convinced he is starting to develop superpowers and he decides to quit his job and use his new abilities to fight evil. But this isn't the world of Heroes; Les's abilities are all (or mostly?) in his mind.

The trailer:

Special was released in the UK in 2006 and has been doing the film festival circuit, to generally positive reviews. It opens in limited release in the US on November 21.


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