I’ll admit this right up front; art films are not in my wheel-house. I don’t know if I don’t have the patience to unravel all the hidden meaning, or if I just don’t have the patience to watch a movie that doesn’t tell me a story, in either case, I just don’t usually enjoy an art film. So, with that being said right up front, once I got about 20 minutes into Omadox, a new film from James Noel, I felt both confused and, honestly, a bit bored.
Omadox is, essentially, the story of a filmmaker who’s hired to make a documentary about the founder of the Omadox Company…a company that apparently deals in helium. In the course of filming, he meets the weird workers in the company, including a harried executive, a woman who’s obsessed with a painting of herself, a new hire who’s either confused about her job or annoyed by her superiors…and fish, well, men with fish heads! I’d tell you a bit more about the story, but I really couldn’t define one. Omadox moves from world to world, from character to character without much of a through-line. While, ultimately, we’re supposed to be following the documentarian, the confusing that ensues around him is distracting and I was left not knowing who I was supposed to identify with and what exactly was going on!
Omadox is definitely a movie that needs interpretation and I’m not the person to do that, because I have no idea what was going on or what it was supposed to be about! I guess the moral of the story is, if you deal in large amounts of helium, you’ll probably be surrounded by fish-headed people…or something like that.
I’m giving Omadox 1 out of 4 cigars, it’s confusing, too long and just one of those movies that’s too smart for it’s own good, I’m sure the cast and crew were laughing about how clever and innovative they were being, but the rest of us weren’t let in on the joke! You can find out more for yourself by heading over to http://www.facebook.com/omadox.