Review of Monday Morning
on 2012-03-16 11:14
The old saying “Never judge a man till you’ve walked a mile in his shoes”, is the theme for the Nat Christian directed film “Monday Morning”. I think we all judge people a little prematurely and never really see the real problems at hand. Throughout this film we see one man’s opinion become changed forever as he fights for his life on the streets of Los Angeles.
Tom Bach (Victor Browne) is a very clean cut politician who is trying to run for senate for the state of Minnesota. He is a former radio host, and like many radio hosts he has an opinion about everything with a hindsight of 20/20. His ideas and opinions about the homeless and how they are perfectly capable of getting jobs and stop mooching off of hard working citizens, is all about to change. On a visit to LA, he finds himself in an alley face to face with a homeless woman who he actually tries to give money to, but before he knows it she hits him on the head and leaves him for dead in the alley. When Tom wakes up he has no idea who or where he is. In the haze, Tom forgets that he is a diabetic and needs his insulin shots, a problem which will affect him throughout the film. He is alone wondering the streets meeting other homeless people like the crack addicted Beth (Jessica Spotts) and her son Bogey (Aidan Brown), who help him along his way.
This film at first seemed a little far fetched but the more I watched I realized how it actually could happen. A man who is hit on the head and suffering from diabetes without medical attention can easily become disoriented and forget where he is. Since he lost his ID, hospitals and police have no way of identifying him and he blends into the gloomy faces of LA’s abandoned. I found the scenes around the fire with the other homeless people to be the best scenes in the movie. The actors did a great job portraying the homeless that are mentally ill and the homeless who have just had bad luck. As one lady talks about paranoid nonsense, another says a very sane and profound statement “Hate kills more people than guns ever will”. These scenes really are the heart of the movie and I think it helps Tom feel like these are real people, and he almost becomes comfortable.
The filmmakers left nothing to the imagination, even when they showed people going to the bathroom on the streets. I could of gone without these scenes but it definitely gives you a realistic portrayal of life on the streets. You’ll see a lot of things in this movie that will make your stomach turn but maybe it will make you want to step up and do something about this problem in your own neighborhood.
When the movies over you find it hard to believe how long he has actually been there and how these people have affected him so fast, but I have never been in that situation so I wouldn’t know. “Monday Morning” will touch a part of you that likes to hide, guilt. It tries to put an idea in your head besides the stereotype that is associated with homeless vagabonds, and for that I believe this an eye opening film you should consider watching.