SXSW Film Reviews

SXSW Film Reviews


D: David S. Goyer; with Sam Jones III, John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes, Natasha Lyonne, Oliver Platt.

Narrative Feature Competition, World Premiere

David S. Goyer (screenwriter, Blade, Blade 2, The Puppet Masters) makes a wide U-turn from his earlier effects-dependent work in his directorial debut, ZigZag. Adapted by Goyer from the novel by Landon J. Napoleon, the film centers on the title character, an autistic 15-year-old boy whose life is both charmed and a minefield of humiliation and abuse. When ZigZag steals money to appease his drug-addict father (Snipes), youth worker and friend Dean Singer (Leguizamo) decides to help him covertly make amends, casting the two into a panorama of sordid characters and situations. Solid performances by Leguizamo, Snipes, and Platt (as ZigZag's boorish boss) buoy the film. Matching licks with the seasoned cast is newcomer Sam Jones III; his performance as ZigZag is exceptional and often endearing. While gaps in character development and story logic cause consternation, Goyer's first directorial effort is one he can be proud of. (3/14, MYEC, 7:30pm)

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More by Belinda Acosta
Margaret Moser Tribute: Marcia Ball
Marcia Ball
“She’s a music writer who writes to enlighten”

June 30, 2017

Margaret Moser Tribute: Eliza Gilkyson
Eliza Gilkyson
The best advice she ever received? Keep your dogs clean.

June 30, 2017

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle