A thought-provoking aspect of "Revolution #9" is that Jackson's schizophrenia is triggered by the overload of our high-tech and media-saturated society. As with his previous film, "Desolation Angels," writer/director Tim McCann gives "Revolution #9" a visual look that accurately corresponds to his main character: The askew camera angles and grainy photography reflect Jackson's unbalanced and exposed emotional state.
The intense and penetrating performances of Risley and Shelly focus on the human costs of a mental illness. But the film, while grounded in reality, seems to rush to an abrupt conclusion. Starring Michael Risley, Adrienne Shelly and Spalding Gray. Directed and written by Tim McCann. Produced Shannon Goldman, Tim McCann and Michael Risley. An Exile release. Drama/Thriller. Unrated. Running time: 90 min