Space Trucker Bruce (2014) – Shawn Laasch

Space Trucker Bruce is a movie you could easily dismiss, but that would be a mistake. There are continuity issues, a plot that seems to go nowhere, and acting that is best described as odd. So why does it stay with you?

In a future where interplanetary travel is cheap but hog fat is expensive, the titular Bruce is slipping into insanity until he meets Max. Together, they have a series of adventures, discover deeper truths about themselves, overcome their personal trauma, grow into more realized people, and potentially find love (not with each other, or at least not in the conventional sense; cross-reference: bromance). Such a description sounds like a descent into cliche hell. The only way to escape such would be to build up so much momentum that one could slingshot around it like one would a gas giant.

Somehow, Space Trucker Bruce manages to do just that. The cardboard sets, the performances, the special effects: they transcend cheesy. I started the movie begrudgingly, ready to turn it off almost immediately. Watching it changed things. At first, I suspect Stockholm Syndrome, but it was something else entirely. I developed a genuine fondness for the characters and even for the quirkiness of the script, supporting characters, props, and sets. Where I first muttered, “I could make that”, I eventually came to appreciate the love that went into the production. Space Trucker Bruce has an Evil Dead 2 ethos to it.

This won’t be a movie for everyone. It is mostly a movie for people immersed in movies and movie-making. The dialogue is replete with movie references, but the actors stick with it. No one “phones it in”. Space Trucker Bruce was crafted with love and it shows. It is not surprising that the movie took years to make. When you watch it all the way through, you understand that the filmmakers were dedicated to this work.

Space Trucker Bruce was directed by Anton Doiron, is 86 minutes long, and available at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacetruckerbruce while the trailer can be seen at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacetruckerbruce/89331373.