DON MCKAY // Don McKay, the film, not the Canadian poet, was too odd for my taste (the poet might be too, but I do not know him enough to judge). Thomas Haden Church plays an ordinary janitor, Don McKay, who receives a letter at school (because apparently he doesn’t have a house) that tells him to come back to his hometown where his dying ex-girlfriend (Elisabeth Shue) wants to reconcile.
Upon arrival, McKay is greeted by none-to-happy Doctor Pryce (Rebhorn) who eventually tries to kill McKay while the rest of the household is gone. Needless to say, McKay kills Pryce and for some reason hides the body, ultimately forgetting where he stashed it.
From here, the entire film unravels… literally. The movie becomes a conspiracy theory, blackmail-fest where apparently nothing leading up to this point in the film mattered anyway (people you thought were dying aren’t, people you thought were doctors were lovers, etc.) in a real Days Of Our Lives episode sort of fashion. After fifteen minutes of tosseling a makeshift whodunit ending at you, the film comes to a pathetic end.
Thomas Haden Church delivers as fine of a performance as he possibly can offer up in such a desolate film. Seeing Church in the janitor’s jumpsuit the entire film adds some humor to the otherwise void film. Elisabeth Shue is gorgeous as always, but was unconvincing in her role as manipulater.
With an old time feel, complete with faded and grainy film stock, Don McKay becomes a one man show with a mishmash plot and no real reason for a viewer to care. The lasting impression left from this film is simply hoping that all parties involved can do better next time.
[Directed by Jake Goldberger] [87 min] [2 April 2010]