Man bites Dog is a movie that is one of those found footage films like that of the The Blair witch Project.But while the Blair Witch deals with supernatural horror,this movie deals with ultra violence humanity is capable of,the movie is about a charismatic but unpredictable serial killer who kills anyone who gets in his way or just for kicks for his sadistic pleasure and dumping the bodies in a nearby cliff. Documentary film makers who makes a film about the life of Ben,brilliantly portrayed by Benoit Poelvoorde,he is the sort of killer who will charm his way through any social gathering and will attract any person with his charm.
The movie introduces us to his dark side in a shocking sequence of him killing a woman in a train,then the killings starts to get more and more brutal with the documentary crew slowly starts helping him to commit the murders.The life outside of his serial killer life is shown to be that of a charismatic guy who is well loved by his parents and his friends,some of them even knew about his unpredictability and he might kill them even in the slightest of provocations yet this doesn’t stop them from remaining in his life.This i feel is a parody of real life in which people just constantly crave for attention no matter what the cost.The majority of the movie is having a dark humor and the main character is sometimes even dare i say likable when he ponders about architecture and poetry,but that is turned into disgust when he say racist things about immigrants and murder them in cold blood.
The mass media is also parodied in the movie,the movie makes fun of how the current media does more damage than good.The recently released movie Nightcrawler i feel also tackles the similar subjects and is also worth watching.The movie is shot in black and white which gives the movie feel like a 80s film than the year it was actually shot,Man bites dog i feel is a well executed film that is hard to watch,but with a lot of subtle and not so subtle messages of everything wrong with the mass media and humanity as a whole,watching it doesn’t make it any more easier to get a good night sleep knowing that people like Ben is out there in real life.
Overall while this movie doesn’t come close to movies portraying ultra violence like that of ‘A clockwork orange’,it’s still a solid piece of Modern film making that will always have a cult value for the years to come.Definitely a movie worth checking out for film fans out there.
STRICTLY A NON SPOILER REVIEW