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Delusion explores
*hidden motivations

RECORDS
Continued from page 5

liance. The message is simple, "I
like Nike, but wait a minute/ The
neighborhood supports so put some
m r in i1 r-fit/ ..~n

Delusion
dir. Carl Colpaert
by Mark Binelli
"XWhy do guys scratch their balls,
George? 'Cause it itches or 'cause it
just feels good?" This is the
,' uestion on-the-edge hitman Chevy
Kyle Secor) asks his mirror image,
George (Jim Metzler), during the
climactic showdown in Death
Valley - that's right, the climactic
showdown in Death Valley - in
Carl Colpaert's impressive direc-
torial debut, Delusion.
After sitting through the first
20 minutes of the film, you might
get the idea that you're just wasting

presented as obsessed with "sales,"
with earning a living, Patti manages
to overcome all that, cooly remain-
ing immune to the macho posturing
of the men she is caught between. In
several scenes, she sits in the car lis-
tening to music, blocking out a vio-
lent struggle that is going on out-
side, and ultimately, it's no surprise
when she reveals that she's never
had "the big O."
1991 seems to be the year of the
feminist action flick, and with
Patti, Delusion joins the ranks, a bit
more indirectly than such predeces-
sors as La Femme Nikita, Thelma &
Louise and even Terminator 2:
Judgment Day, but no less power-
fully.
In the end, both men square off

Mercury dies at 45
Freddie Mercury, flamboyant
lead singer of the periennial rock
group Queen, died of
bronchopneumonia, a
complication of AIDS, early
yesterday morning in his home in
Kensington, London. Mercury,
who was 45, produced with
Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody "
and the gay anthem "We Are
the Champions." Mercury's
powerful stage presence - his
poses and rich voice especially
- are mimicked to this day by
many lesser bands.

"These days you can't tell who's in money1inlt/Crporations owe/
cahoots/ Cause now the KKK wears They gotta give up the dough to the
three-piece suits." town/ Or else we gotta shut em
Although the Juice Flavor-Flav down."
appears on three tracks, including While "Shut Em Down" and the
"A Letter To the New York Post" anti-malt liquor campaign "One
and the frenetic "I Don't Wanna Be Million Bottle Bags" are only po-
Called Yo Niga," his humor is cur-
tailed to a minimum. Apocalypse
remains PE's most straightforward
move for activism yet, and it works.
The screeching vocals of Director of
Attitude Sister Souljah barely pene- in
trate through the dense furor that is - _
"Move!" yet they help all the more.
Irresistibly driving in its motion
and organized chaos, "Move!" is a
simple order for all dissenters, as
Souljah screams, "If you don't feel
it in your heart and soul, then get
out of the way!"
Most impressive on Apocalypse
91 is the old-school workout-self-
determination message "Shut Em
Down." Over a sparse beat that is tIe ij ig1
part-gangster lean bassline and
partly a loop of a Flavor-Flav call- DIsplay A
and-response chant, Chuck presents a
beginning step to economic self-re-

litically didactic rap songs, their
logic is commendable. Economic and
political power both come with
money in America, and the easiest
way for Black people to take con-
trol of their situation is to use that
resource strategically and collec-
tively. So perhaps Apocalypse
should have come sooner than '91,
but it was worth the wait.
-Forrest Green III

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Chevy (Kyle Secor, right) squares off with his mentor (played by the
great Jerry Orbach) in Carl Colpaert's directorial debut, Delusion.

time: the budget is pretty low, the
acting is pretty mediocre and the
clich6 count is pretty high. But
Colpaert and cinematographer Geza
Sinkovics - who shot the film in
only six weeks - easily overcome
any financial constraints by looking
at the same road from interesting
angles and by paying great attention
to detail. The actors quickly settle
into their own shortcomings, even-
tually becoming endearingly famil-
iar. This is especially Secor and his
lousy Matt Dillon impersonation;
and the plot, weak on the surface,
twists its own conventions into a
campily gripping example of art
film noir.
In other words, it all actually
works.
The story is simple, even silly at
*times. But with a mixture of cheesy
musical cues, lame rip-offs of films
such as The Godfather ("This is
business, not personal") and plenty
of black humor, Delusion never
takes itself seriously enough (at
least on the surface) to merit any
plot bashing.
George is a computer developer
who has embezzled a trunkload of
cash from his recently raided com-
*pany in order to keep his research
team afloat. He's on his way to
Vegas to launder the dough when he
comes across Chevy and his girl-
friend, Patti (Jennifer Rubin),
stranded in the desert after a car
wreck.
Much of the "action" in
Delusion takes place on the road, a
road nearly identical to the one that
begins and ends My Own Private
*Idaho. And both roads hold similar
symbolic weight, as the characters
in Delusion all move quite far over
the film's 100 minutes. George, kid-
napped by the violent Chevy (we're
never given a satisfactory explaina-
tion why) and forced to strip him-
self of any civilized yuppie pre-
tenses, soon learns that he is just as
much of a predator as a paid assasin,
just as relentless, and more than
willing to stoop to the same levels.
Likewise, Chevy is more than
happy to put on one of George's
suits (as, in a parallel scene, George
picks up one of Chevy's guns) and
try to wheel and deal with his mys-
terious boss, the aptly-named gang-
ster Sales (Robert Costanzo), who
is also, it is hinted at, behind the
buy-out of George's company.
If both Chevy and George are
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get shrunk down to a pea size by
an inventor's machine. Things get

with their phalluses (OK, guns) in
hand, revealing their own delusions
about success, money and the Ameri-
can Dream. And like the quote
which opened this review suggests,
once these delusions are peeled
away, motivation seems to be kind
of trivial.
DELUSION is playing all week at
the Michigan Theater.

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