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FEED is a 2005 artsy horror/thriller Australian film centering around a renegade cyber crime detective appearing to specialize in violations of the cannibalistic variety. Detective Jackson’s claim to fame is the apprehension of a man in Germany who had removed another man’s genitals, fried them, then fed them back to the individual. The Detective’s latest hunch was dismissed by his police chief, so Jackson decides to investigate alone, vigilante style. Jackson boards a plane to Toledo, Ohio, to look into the workings of a mysterious website: ‘FeederX.com’. The Detective discovers that, while not appearing to break any law, the man operating the site is doing so with malicious intent to satisfy some deep-seated obsession.
If you look past the initial silliness of the plot, you will see that this film debates what is and is not exploitation from both a legal and ethical stance. ‘FeederX.com’ is a subscription based site where socially constrained women are fed gross amounts of food and bulking agent to quickly gain weight. Deidre, the ‘gainer’ shown throughout the majority of this film, weighs over six hundred pounds and is wholly dependent upon her ‘feeder.’ While Deidre is willingly submitting to this, is it wrong that she is being fed to death? Ethically? Legally? FEED says yes as the plot becomes increasingly sinister and our vigilante cyber crime detective must swoop in to attempt to save the day.
It should be expected from the above description that these characters are going to act somewhat illogically. Luckily for the film, they, at least, make sense in the long run. While the majority of the characters are rather monotone, they appear to all have some form of motivation, either explicitly or implied.
The filmwork isn’t too bad either; in actuality, there is a certain ‘B movie’ charm to the film. This, alone, covers for many faults of the film, such as continuity. While I’m not here to spoil the film, I will say that it felt like I should have liked the ending; I’m sure that much of the audience felt the same. It appears to be poetic, coherent and an ultimate conclusion to an otherwise medicore film; however, if any time at all is delegated to thinking about the ending, one will realize that it is quite illogical. The final scenes have gone past the point where the film can possibly explain itself, so it doesn’t offer an explanation.
All things considered, this is the impression left on those viewing FEED: an incoherent mess.