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Delivery
Lightyear Entertainment // Unrated // May 1, 2007
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Review by Mike Long | posted June 6, 2007 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie

In today's world, everyone has to do something to make money, even serial killers. Over the years, we've seen slashers with different jobs. There was the fisherman in I Know What You Did Last Summer and the miner in My Bloody Valentine. Now, we have Monty the pizza delivery guy in Delivery. When he gets to your door, you had better have that coupon that you claimed to have when you called in your order.

Matt Nelson stars in Delivery as Monty, an obese, shy man. His father had been a pizza delivery guy as well, and he committed suicide when he caught his wife cheating. Monty has attempted to make a life for himself, but he's tormented by everyone that he meets. His boss, Mr. Hand (Kevin J. O'Neill), calls him "fatass" and orders him around. His co-worker won't assist him when he needs help. The customers to whom he delivers pizzas either berate him or tease him. Only one person, a women he meets named Bibi (Tara Cardinal), is nice to him. Monty's therapist, (Trhea Danae), helps him to get a second job, but this only further complicates his life. As more and more people abuse Monty, and his nightmares about his father's death intensity, he succumbs to the pressure and goes on a rampage.

Let's face it, no one is going into Delivery expecting to be moved by the story or wowed by the acting. The viewer is there to see the pizza delivery guy goes nut and kill a bunch of people. And we do get that. The problem with Delivery is that it takes 66-minutes to get to that point. The reality is that many viewers will bail out on this movie before Monty seeks his vengeance.

There's often a difference between what a film plans to do and what it actually does. I can only assume that writer/director Jose Zambrano Cassella wanted the audience to take a journey with Monty. As the film progresses, we watch this man be tormented by everyone around him. When someone finally takes pity on him and tries to befriend him. Monty doesn't know how to react. The problem is that it's nearly impossible to relate to anything in the movie. This movie takes place in that universe where everyone is a jerk and apparently they live only to hurt others. A bigger deficit is Monty, who may be the fattest one-dimensional character ever seen in a movie. We learn very little about him save for the fact that he witnessed some traumatizing things as a child. Are we supposed to feel sorry for him? Cheer for him? The whole thing is unclear. All is I know is that the DVD box promised carnage, and the carnage came too late.

When Monty does finally goes bonkers and starts killing people, the movie doesn't get any better. What has already been a pretty sleazy film only grows moreso, as the movie simply becomes an exercise in watching Monty slaughter his enemies. There's no suspense, and no attempt to expand the story -- it's simply scenes after scene of Monty killing people. Thus, the end result is a very dull movie which takes too long to reach a payoff which is in no way satisfying. The only part of the film which is slightly interesting is Monty's nightmares, which have the non-linear structure of real dreams.

Video

Delivery comes piping hot to DVD courtesy of Warner Home Video. The movie has been letterboxed at 1.78:1 and the transfer is enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs. Delivery was shot on DV for only $5000, and the low-budget nature comes through on this transfer. The image is incredibly pixellated and every scene looks as if it were downloaded from YouTube. The image is often dark at times, even in the daytime scenes. The picture loses definition at times, and haloes abound. The colors are OK, but they do bleed together at times.

Audio

The DVD features a Dolby stereo 2.0 audio track. This track shows some dynamic range issues, as the sound effects and music are much louder than the dialogue, thus causing the dialogue to sound muffled at times. The bulk of the audio comes from the center channel and I noted few stereo effects.

Extras

The Delivery has a few extras. We start with an AUDIO COMMENTARY with jack-of-all-trades Jose Zambrano Cassella and star Matt Nelson. This commentary shows some technical issues, as the audio from the movie itself is too loud and it's hard to hear Cassella and Nelson at times. What they do say is semi-interesting, as they discuss the cast, crew, and locations. They make many comments dealing with the challenge of making a feature-length movie on such a low budget. But, some of their asides are very "inside" and won't mean much to the viewer. The DVD has a 4-minute BLOOPER REEL. "Behind the Scenes" isn't a featurette, but rather a STILL GALLERY, which features pictures of Nelson as horror-con (Hey, it's Tom Savini!) and on-set photos. The final extra is the TRAILER for the film.


Delivery is a head-scratcher. Is it supposed to be funny? The idea of a homicidal pizza guy certainly sounds funny, but the movie is far too sick and twisted to be a comedy. But, it's also too light on horror and gore elements to be a scary movie. I really hate to say something this cliched, but Delivery just doesn't deliver the goods.
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