Reader Mail: Uwe Boll’s “Postal”
Apparently radio station 101.5 FM is currently “trashing” this Postal movie. Way to go again, Hoboken!
Seeing that the Hoboken International Film Festival starts tonight, here’s what one Hoboken411 reader has to say about tonight’s screening of Uwe Boll’s movie “Postal.” He’s not too happy, and warns parents NOT to bring their children to this event…
Some Serious Questions about “Postal”
Nazi gold for Uwe Boll? Oy Vey! Holy Cow!
Perhaps, in some way, the showing of Boll’s scandalous, ultraviolent “action-comedy” film “Postal,” in Hoboken, at this very time, with Boll and Mayor Roberts both scheduled to appear on the stage on Friday night (!), is a fitting epilogue to the burgeoning financial scandal that is now threatening to topple the city administration!
In his film, to be screened as a free event Friday night at Pier A, Uwe Boll (a German emigre), plays himself as the owner of a “concentration-camp-themed amusement park,” who openly brags that it is funded by the gold the Nazis extracted from the teeth of Jewish death-camp victims! According to Boll, he does this as a spoof of the web-based rumors of how his movies are financed. But how many people will enjoy this kind of “humor?” The same question can be asked about scenes trying to poke fun at deaths during 9/11, children killed during a mass school shooting, a very obese woman having sex with multiple partners, and a Black cop shooting an Asian woman because he mistakenly thinks she used the N-word.
Boll is known mainly for converting several violent video games into very gross movies – but there is no hint of this in the Festival’s promotional material (their website bills it as “international star director Uwe Boll’s uproarious competition feature Postal”). I don’t know if the Mayor’s office realizes what they may be getting themselves into by blindsiding people with this screening! I think that many people who walk over to the “Hoboken International Film Festival” without knowing about the infamous “star” director Boll, or having seen reviews of this “uproarious feature,” are going to be extremely surprised, probably grossed out, upset, and angry – and will likely boo, and even feel like throwing something at the screen [please don’t blame Gerri Fallo, Coordinator of Hoboken’s Cultural Affairs, who had nothing to do with selecting the Festival films, and please don’t hurt the screen!].
See trailer, and continue reading more after the jump!
(Uwe Boll’s “Postal” continued…)
From all the reviews I’ve read, both pro and con, and even the plot itself, this film appears to be filled with some of the most obscenely violent, racist & sexist scenes and stereotypes shown in recent memory. It’s all done in the name of “gross humor,” but I think it will make me, and many others, turn away in disgust if we try to watch it. The big contradiction for me is that Boll is claiming that he intended “Postal” to be a satirical commentary on the ills of U.S. society – particularly the lie of the Iraq war, but to me that is just a thinly veiled excuse for exploiting and glorifying the very violence and hatreds it supposedly wants to expose. Even though “Postal” also skewers George W. Bush, which would ordinarily make me want to like this movie, I don’t think this will be nearly a sufficient mitigating factor in this case.
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Parental warning: I don’t know if parents have been sufficiently warned not to bring their kids to the screening, but I hope no young children are inadvertently there to be subjected to all of the bloody gore (including dead schoolchildren), as well as the stereotypes.
Here is a relatively objective review, which also gives a good feel for the plot.