Like an indie bastard child of Unbreakable and Hancock, Archenemy is Adam Egypt Mortimer’s (Daniel Isn’t Real) ode to the otherworldly tales of Grant Morrison and is just joyfully odd enough to be in good company with Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision company.
As the opening narration unfolds complimented by beautiful retro animation, we learn of Max Fist’s (Joe Manganiello) fall from grace on his home planet Chronium against his nemesis Cleo (Amy Seimetz) and is pulled to Earth through an inter-dimensional vortex. Now we see him as a frustrated alcoholic without use of his powers in a dystopian cityscape ran by crime overlord The Manager, portrayed by Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) giving a tremendously outlandish performance.Fist crosses paths with an inspiring young journalist named Hamster (Skylan Brooks), who sees himself as a modern Hunter S. Thompson and wants the honor of telling Max’s odyssey to his growing legion of spectators.
Hamster’s sister Indigo (Zolee Griggs) becomes the catalyst for the story as her well intended deception of The Manager’s trust finds her in a shady business exchange that goes terribly wrong with Tango, a drugged out dealer played with absolute hilarity by the talented Paul Scheer (How Did This Get Made?). Mortimer and Lucas Passmore’s (Slaughterhouse Rulez) ambitious tale takes a commendable less is more approach and offers just enough spectacle to ignite our imaginations with many possible adventures the world they created could lead to. If treated with another film set in this universe, I would be excited to see what they would choose to explore with all the potential world-building they’ve set up.