This movie is fascinating. Its name as well as its poster caught my attention. The brilliant and colorful scenes sink people into the movie like falling through the door of a fantasy world. In this movie, Hollywood stunt actor "Roy" is hospitalized with a broken leg suffered while filming a movie. This situation was made even more difficult by the fact that his lover left him. He met Alexandra, a little girl in the hospital by accident. He tells her a fantastic tale about six heroes, their common enemy, and the terrible Governor Odious. One of the heroes was Black Bandit who lost his brother. He was killed by Odious' men. There was an expert in explosives, Luigi who was an outcast in his town because of Odious. Another hero was an Indian who had his beautiful wife abducted by Odious. There was also a former slave named Otta Benga who lost his twin brother in the fields controlled by Odious. Another hero, Charles Darwin, receives a rare "Mistica Americana" butterfly that was killed by Odious; and finally there was Mystic who hated Odious for destroying the animals and plants of his lands. Roy tells this story of these heroes who join forces to defeat the evil Odious. While Alexandria fantasizes about the story she projects the images of her acquaintances on the characters in Roy’s story. Roy uses Alexandria’s innocence to ask her to steal morphine and medicines from the dispensary for him to commit suicide. However, Alexandria gets hurt trying to bring him the morphine. He knew that it was his fault that she was hurt. He tells her that the whole story was made-up, and because of his guilt, he tells her that four of the heroes died, and the fifth hero, “Red Mask” who is represented by Roy undergoes a crisis. However, he finally defeats Odious and there is a happy ending Alexandria wanted. In the end, Roy becomes the best stunt actor and Alexandria resumes her peaceful life.
This movie is much more that just beautiful scenery. There is a very rich story how imagination can be used to deal with pain and loss. The character Roy exemplifies this.
Roy allowed his own depression caused by the loss of his lover and the possibility that he would not recover from his injury to spill over and cause harm to an innocent child. However, in the end Roy and the characters in his fantasy story find redemption. This movie is amazing as it draws you in with its vivid images and then keeps you captivated with it characters and story, and finally teaches you a lesson about how your own state of mind can have a profound effect on those around you.
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