Breaking A Monster
Director Luke Meyer
United States / 92 min. / 2015 / English / English subtitles
Two worlds collide: on one side three black teens that play (Unlocking The Truth), and on the other, two Sony top dogs with vile marketing plans. The kids’ playful innocence is threatened by an ex-Disney manager with dubious intentions (and methods). Warning: this film contains embarrassing and tragicomic ingredients.
If one moment sums up Breaking A Monster, the story of three black teens that play speed metal speed metal (Unlocking The Truth), and a manager (Alan Sacks) with questionable intentions, it’s when said manager throws a complete shit fit because one of the kids has had a skating accident. Two worlds collide. Innocence vs. Business. The kids’ playful candidness – they just want to play Playstation, goof around, talk about chicks – clashes head-on with Sacks (ex-Disney, manager of the Jonah Brothers and executive producer of Camp Rock) and his executives at Sony, who harbor vile marketing plans for the boys (dressing them as metal heads is the leastalarming). The resulting footage doesn’t waste a second. On one hand, we see the youngsters’ tenderness and passion: Their to-do list (“#10: meet Metallica”); their scoop on LA, thanks to Grand Theft Auto; their yearning to be taking seriously. And on the other, all the cringe-worthy Spinal-tapesque antics by Sacks and his mob. “I think they need to grow up”, Sacks exclaims, tearing his hair out when he sees that the guys just want to hang loose. A remarkable film.