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'Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway' [BR]
(Daniel Tadesse, Agustín Mateo, Guillermo Llansó, et al / 2-Disc Blu-ray / NR / (2019) 2020 / Arrow Video - MVD Visual)

Overview: What do you get when you cross Afro-futurism, Cold War paranoia, the dystopian world of Philip K. Dick and '60s exploitation cinema, along with a hefty dose of Lynchian surrealism?

The answer: 'Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway', the second feature by Miguel Llansó (Crumbs) and one of the most striking and original films you'll see all year.

CIA Agents Palmer and Gagano are tasked with the mission of destroying a computer virus called "Soviet Union". They enter the system using VR but the mission turns into a trap!

Blu-ray Verdict: The year is 2035, and Special Agent Gagano (Daniel Tadesse, Crumbs) dreams of leaving the CIA to open a business with his wife Malin (Gerda-Annette Allikas).

Before he can hand in his resignation, however, a strange cyber virus attacks Psychobook, the CIA's operating system, forcing Gagano to enter cyberspace via virtual reality to combat the threat.

Before long, however, the virus starts to reach out into the real world, destabilizing the fragile socio-political order for its own ends, and Gagano, trapped in the VR world, must find a way out before it's too late.

Well, as with all storylines of this ilk, the task at hand doesn't quite got he way our heroes expect, mainly due to the fact that in addition to the Soviet leader-masked virus, there's also a "substance" (which induces all sorts of hallucinations in its users!).

Bring in the leader of Beta-Ethiopia, Batfro (Solomon Tashe), and a man who might be Jesus and might be Roy (Guillermo Llanso), and things get complicated really, really fast! In truth, there just isn't really a way to describe this film, which could be equally considered science fiction, romance, comedy, thriller, Afro-Futurism and super-psychedelic trip, depending on one's perspective at the moment of celluloid intake.

Clocking in at a pacey 83 minutes, it's exactly the kind of film to see with other fans of Gonzo and most of all, who love movies of this left-field variation.

Director Miguel Llanso's earlier film, 'Crumbs', is still one of my all-time Top 10 films ever witnessed, although to this very day, I have to fully admit that I don't really understand it all!

That said, 'Jesus Shows You ...' is much more coherent and rather hilarious in places too! Simply put, it's like a mix of Wes Anderson's aesthetic, but in a dream. It's like if Napoleon Dynamite made a film about a spy. It's like a very, very weird 'Matrix'! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
New audio commentary by critics Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Anton Bitel
From Talinn with Love, a new visual essay by critic Will Webb exploring the influence of exploitation cinema on Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway
Exclusive audio interview with director Miguel Llansó, conducted by critic Josh Hurtado
Crumbs (2015), Miguel Llansó's feature directorial debut and spiritual predecessor to Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (Limited Edition Exclusive)
Chigger Ale (2013) and Night in the Wild Garden (2015), two short films by Miguel Llansó
Original proof-of-concept trailer
Theatrical trailer
Image gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Austin Hinderliter
Double-sided fold-out poster
Limited Edition illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway by Barry Forshaw and Crumbs by Anton Bitel
Limited Edition of 2000 copies

Amazon Purchase Link

Official HD Trailer