FEED: This is a story of extremes. I’m recapping a story. Statements made are not necessarily my truly held beliefs and in no way am I judging anyone or attempting to stereotype anyone. (Ok, except maybe serial killer psychos) It’s a story that can’t be told without use of certain terms that I may not use in my daily conversation but must be used here. So please don’t take offense to anything I write. That said, I’m assuming if you watched the movie, you put your own sensitivity to the side and are here to discuss the same things. No judgement. No accusations.
Cherish – Such a sweet and innocent opening song. Even in this dark tale, I love that movie doesn’t take itself completely serious. It easily sets the tone for the coming conflict. The juxtaposition of good vs evil, love vs anger, outward beauty vs inherent beauty.
Michael, the proverbial vision of the all American male, handsome, blonde, blue-eyed, fit, hairless (?)…has bought dinner for his lady love, Deidre. Deidre is….not the vision of the all American female.
Our first view of Deidre. Quiet, eyes closed, serene…we wonder is she dead? She opens her eyes and asks Micheal sweetly, “What day is it?” Micheal responds, “You know what day it is…” while he removes the FF from their bags, his wedding ring and his clothes. I love that he’s buck nekkid and she’s excited about the burgers. “FEED ME” he makes her beg…. (Little Shop of Horrors, anyone?)
Next we get introduced to Phillip who is a cybercrime investigator in Sydney, Australia. He’s traveled to Hamburg (no, seriously) to hunt down a predator. What they find is so nasty and disgusting I can’t even recap it except to say a man is self-mutilating and eating his own body parts. “I WANT TO BE EATEN!” (is it judgmental to say people are weird little shits?)
Michael is bathing Deidre and she smiles adoringly at him and sweetly says, “You make me so happy”. Juxtapose this with Phillip’s returning home to his thin, beautiful bitch of a girlfriend and their “open” relationship turns into immediate fighting, accusations and insults. *Huh* Deidre looks lovingly at Michael while Phillip’sgirlfriend smacks him around to the tune of one of my favorite 1980’s songs, “Tainted Love”. Stopping point A – Which relationship would you rather be in?
Back at work, Phillip and his partner Nigel search for their next cybercriminal. They stumble upon a website for Feeders and Gainers. Intrigued, Phillip decides to look further. The discussion of who is the master and who is the slave ensues. Phillip, “The Gainer relinquishes complete control over their lives to the Feeder. Even their basic bodily functions.” Nigel, “..but if the Feeder is the one who has to look after the Gainer, doesn’t that make HIM the slave?” *huh* Phillip and Michael embark on a computer cat and mouse game which is way over my head in techy lingo but in the end, Michael sends this message to Phillip: Consumption is evolution – If you are what you eat then what are you when you’re eaten? Philip is baited like a fish on a hook.
Oh what a lovely shot of Michael getting his workout on! All hot, muscular and sweaty. Hello back muscles. What was I saying??? What an unceremonious cut away to Phillips’s nekkid bum in the shower 😦 but I have wonder, when you are bombarded with that type of filth every day for work…can you ever take enough showers? How does that FK with your head?
Speaking of fk’d in the head, we get the first glimpse of a young Michael, taking care of his morbidly obese, house bound mother. She says to him, “FEED ME.”
Back at work, Phillip discovers Michael is tracking these ladies vitals. *huh* that’s odd. Why? He continues to suspect something is afoul here but he keeps getting the brush of by his partner and superiors. “Is it a crime to feed someone?” “If these women are as overweight as you say, they will die anyway.” Nigel slightly relents and admits if he’s force feeding these women, and streaming it live it’s comparable to a snuff film. That would make him a “serial killer”. Has Michael found the perfect crime? It’s so out in the open and perfect, that it must be legit, right? Phillip’s boss sends him home for the month to gain some perspective and recoup. This bait he ain’t taking!
Dual S.x.ng scenes: Hard and heavy vs sweet and ok, slightly gross…to mainstream america but what about them? *huh*
When Phillip wakes up alone with the word “PIG” written in lipstick across his chest, we get the first of his flashbacks. Ah…seems we both have some mommy issues.
Michael moves Deidre to the country house. (internet serial killing pays well, y’all!) How does he get her here is the Q in my head but I’ll let it go. (Movie FAIL) She doesn’t like it and wants to go ‘home’ and we get the first of Michael’s headgames to Deidre, “Maybe I need a girl who appreciates the world dropped at her feet” but in a quick 180 tells her “you’re so beautiful” with that trademark AOL sparkle in his eye and she says, “Say it again…” and the tenderness is almost palpable in this one moment. Stopping point B – I gotta tell you, this moment has moved me every single time I watch it. What woman, hell, what person alive, doesn’t want someone to say this to them….in THIS way? (FLR) And I feel so much emotion from this woman who has probably been starved (no pun intended) for this kind of love and attention possibly her entire life. Alex and Gabbie are killing me softly in this scene.
Phillip discovers the IP address is streaming from a house in Toledo, OH. So with his future freed up, he heads to the good ‘ol USA. God Bless America…..and the cockroaches. At the address Phillip discovers it’s Michael’s childhood home. Among the usual remnants he finds and old, dusty bible with the inscription, “Dear Michael, the only compass you’ll ever need.” And it’s a picture of the compass/cross that is tattoo’d on Michael’s gorgeous, muscular back. Phillip finds the Priest who inscribed it and Brownie, I mean..the Priest tells him a story of a young troubled young boy who came to live with them. They don’t talk about him. “God can do his own dirty work,” he proclaims. Through flashbacks we see Michael took a certain interest in the daughter, a beautiful, curvy young girl. Getting no hard info from the Father, he finds the young woman out for a walk and approaches her. Tells her this tale of hooking up with a beautiful girl, 5’2”, 360#’s, just his “type” and he came all the way to the states to meet her to find out it was a ruse. (baited and hooked) She tells him she used to be “height/weight” proportionate but her older brother saw her “potential” and that he has 2 houses, one of which she will go to live at when he finishes fixing it up. She gives him the street address to her brother’s house. Her brother, Michael Carter.
Phillip watches Michael leave and knowing he will be occupied for awhile he breaks into the house and just as he sits down to work on the computer in walks M’s wife. OH SHIT! Chasing her outside he’s confronted by Michael who has returned home and has now moved into protector mode of his wife. His thin, beautiful wife. *huh*
LET THE C*CK-OFF BEGIN!! Michael figures, what the hell, Phillip has come a long way and hey, he doesn’t have any authority here so he explains that he’s just a Facilitator…an Enabler, allowing his women to “go after the body they want free of society norms….and I love that about them.” Sidebar: Alex needs to stop with the low, growly voice because it’s turning me on….wait…ok, now he’s just babbling nonsense. Crap. It’s still hot.FLR.
When Phillip asks where Lucy is, the first girl he saw on his website, Michael says she’s a model and a free agent. She’s gone on to bigger and better things. Pretty sure the pun was intended. O.o
One last cutting question from Michael, “ Don’t you have anyone who loves you? (OUCH. No. No, he doesn’t ) Michael, with trophy wife under his arm, in front of his large suburban house waves by as Phillip drives off to his dingy hotel room to drink himself to sleep….alone.
Knock, Knock. – Phillip opens the door to find Michael standing there. Oh, this can’t be good… Michael brings him coffee and a breakfast sandwich and says he doesn’t think Phillip gets the full comprehension of what he does. You see, “Fashion, culture and Madison Ave have usurped true beauty. Models are skinny, androgynous women with small breasts. More like boys. Nourishing, honoring, caring for a woman THE WAY SHE IS. That’s what it is to love a woman. I respect my Queen.” The women he ‘nurtures’ are ‘freed’. Why are psychos so articulate?? Phillip slowly realizes hes’ been drugged as Michael asks, “What about the woman in your life? Do you treat her nice?” –flashbacks to that last night with his girlfriend which we find ended in violence…. To quote Michael here, she was no Queen and he didn’t respect her…
“Consumption is evolution. Something is always eating something else & the best eaters are at the top of the food chain. 6 Billion people on earth…we are consuming HER alive.” <<– Nice. My wanting to fist bump Michael abruptly ends when he jumps on the bed and straddles Phillip in his tight dress slacks. I lose track of what he’s blah blahing about except that ALEX.IS.TOTALLY.CRUSHING.THIS.SCENE. and I’m actually a wee bit skeered of him.
Later Phillip discovers that Lucy is in fact, dead. What little sanity he had left went bye bye. He kidnaps Michael’s wife from her church and shows her what Micheal really does online. Oh, she knows! she. thinks. she. does. “Michael cares for these women!!”, she defends. Even when Phillip shows her the real story, that Michael’s website is not about voyeurism but about feeding these women to the point of death and taking bets on when they will die.
Michael and Deidre are again lovey dovey, “I love you. You’re my jelly belly” says Deidre. Michael says, “You’re my jelly belly” and gives her a look that I honestly can’t explain. Somewhere between madness and love. Did he feel this way for all of the women? He does his silly dance for her to make her laugh and giggle but when she rebukes him for taking it a bit too far, she sounds just.like.his.mother. Oh no, she didn’t!!
Michael mixes a special concoction to speed up Deidre’s weight program. Bypassing the age old past time of chewing your food and swallowing, we start going straight to the gut by way of funnel and gastric tube. Phillip has found his new hideout and as these two men confront each other, they buckle their belts, stow their trays and bring their seats upright for the final descent into CrazyTown. Population 2.
The next few scenes are extremely brutal. We meet Dad, who hasn’t moved in 20 yrs, the remains of Lucy and I feel that Michael is quite getting off on it.
Did I mention Alex is ACTING.THE.SHIT.OUT.OF.THIS.SCENE??
When confronted with Michael’s lies about being married, the murders and his obvious descent to madness, Deidre wavers between being appalled and afraid to protective. In the end she still loves her man. Even in his most psychotic display of “power” by attempting to suffocate her, her first words are, “It’s ok, it’s my fault, baby.” Michael’s words are soothing as he says, “yeah, but it’s ok though.” Michael has laid down the gun in this fairytale ending and Phillip leaps for it. Even though Phillip ends up with the gun, Michael still emerges with the “power” as Deidre is hurling obscenities at Phillip and screams for him to leave, defending the man who just tried to kill her. Michael taunts Phillip that it wasn’t quite the ‘heroes welcome’ he thought he’d get by running in there to “save the poor fat woman”. Calls him nothing but a “bad joke” as the insults continue to spew out of Deidre.
What was that sound? Oh that’s the Snap, Crackle and Pop goes the gun as Phillip turns and shoots Deidre in the head, instead of killing Michael. Michael drops to his knees and quietly says, “no…”. But what was he sad about? The loss of Deidre’s life or the ill-timing….one he can’t collect his bets on?
FFWD to Michael’s baby sister who has taken up residence in his old, large suburban home with none other than Phillip! *huh* She packs sandwiches for our hero and his little day trip. Warning him to be careful…”it’s murder out there.” *ugh* Where is Phillip going? To work? Naw…he’s going to visit Michael, who is now the star of his own movie being streamed to the net. Sitting alongside Deidre’s decaying corpse, his starving body barely manages to utter the words Phillip forces him to say: