Movies In Focus has been a fan of John Travolta since he had his big comeback following Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction back in 1994. Sure. he’s starred in a lot of questionable movies since then, but I always enjoy a Travolta performance. And do you know what? The Fanatic looks pretty good!
Directed by Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, The Fanatic sees Travolta stalk Devon Sawa’s action movie star, Hunter Dunbar. The casting of Sawa is a nice riff on Eminem’s music video Stan, which starred Sawa as a hardcore fan who takes things too far. Sawa impressed me recently in Sylvester Stallone’s Escape Plan 3. I think he has chops for this sort of thing.
Moose is a rabid movie fan who is obsessed with his favorite celebrity action hero, Hunter Dunbar. When he is cheated out of his opportunity to finally meet Hunter, Moose gets a little help from his friend Leah, a well-connected paparazzi photographer, who knows how to find celebrity homes. Moose turns to stalking to get the celebrity interaction he feels he deserves, and while harmless at first, Moose’s actions begin to take a dark turn as his obsession grows stronger. As the visits continue to escalate, Hunter Dunbar finds himself in increasing danger.
The Fanatic hits on 30 August.