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If you’re wondering what Galifianakis would be like in a non-Todd Philips joint, “Visioneers” is here to provide answers. It is a film about a dystopian society crammed to the brim with consumer culture. The opening scene showcases Zack Galifianakis’s George Washington Winsterhammerman flipping off a picture of his boss as begins his work, but the difference in this strange world of middle management and corporate slavery is that a middle finger has become the new greeting of the masses. The Drake Brothers have created a world where greeting people with the “fuck off” gesture is the most genuine interaction people can muster between them. The reality of this film is that every person inhabiting it only thinks as far as themselves. The Jeffers Corporation has become the biggest and most efficient corporation by forsaking the idea of teamwork and promoting the idea of the individual working solely for the weekend. The reminders every minute of how much productive time is left in the week, and the arbitrary nonsense titles, keep heads down at the desks and the work flowing.
The plot kicks into gear when an exploding epidemic in this brave new world begins to claim more disgruntled grunts. Like, people actually explode. George and his wife Michelle, played by Judy Greer, are at the dead end of a personal connection. Both have fears of exploding, and both seem to agree that George is the perfect candidate for a mild case of explosion. While Michelle goes about the film trying 10,000 ways to feel happy, George is diagnosed with symptoms of exploding. He undergoes treatment to avoid this messy fate.
James LeGros makes an appearance as George’s brother Julian, who seems to have found the way survive this dystopia. He’s set a goal and has the moxie to follow through. George doesn’t buy into his brother’s simple solution, but many people do. The followers begin a commune in George’s back yard with his brother as the head. Julian and George both can see through the false sense of security that the commune provides. They see the sub-culture is just a microcosm for culture at large, with different titles for the same substitutes. Julian is stuck in adolescence and the pool house, stunting his ability to change his view of the world. However, George and his vision of society is the agent of change. The film makes an effort for George to be as reluctant as possible when it comes to seeing and acting on his potential. To George, the problems are barely in his peripheral vision. He can’t place a where the problem is, but he gets little fulfillment from following advertisements and keeping his employees productive.
Jared Drake (director) and his brother Brandon Drake (writer) put together a film that examines and mocks the status quo. The message is the same as it was when counterculture was sought out instead of jammed downed the public’s throats: Don’t trust the Man. “Visioneers” at least gently rubs the audience’s hand before penetrating them with the message.