Archenemy (2020)
December 11, 2020 12:14 PM - Subscribe

Max Fist (Joe Manganiello) is a limping, alcoholic, meth/coke-addled homeless man who claims to be a superhero from elsewhere in time and space. No one believes his stories except for a local teen named Hamster (Skylan Brooks).

From writer-director Adam Egypt Mortimer (Daniel Isn't Real). Available for digital rental on various outlets in the US.
posted by DirtyOldTown (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Loved the premise, really like Joe Manganiello, Paul Scheer had an interesting off-type role.

IMDB trivia suggests Nic Cage was a candidate for Max Fist - really glad Manganiello got the part instead.

The pacing in the first half wasn't so hot, then it got kind of crazy (in a good way). But still, pacing issues.
posted by porpoise at 5:36 PM on December 11, 2020 [2 favorites]

Isn't this approximately the plot of The Maxx?
posted by FatherDagon at 12:36 AM on December 12, 2020 [2 favorites]

It also seems adjacent to Hancock. If someone who's seen both can tell me if this is better, worse, or just really different, I might look at it.
posted by Halloween Jack at 3:54 PM on December 12, 2020

This has a much lower budget and the ambiguity of Fist's reality persists for much of the film. Definitely grittier than Hancock.

FatherDagon's assessment is good; a trans-dimensional non-human "power" who is physically limited while in our world is stuck here, most people/ the world thinks he's just crazy, but there are a few who come to care for him.
posted by porpoise at 5:16 PM on December 12, 2020 [1 favorite]

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