Rebirth (2016), Dir. Karl Mueller

Rebirth (2016), Dir. Karl Mueller
Rebirth is not for everyone...some of you will find this highly disturbing.
— Naomi, Rebirth (2016)

Stars: Fran Kranz, Adam Goldberg, Nicky Whelan, Harry Hamlin.
Director: Karl Mueller
Screenplay: Karl Mueller

This is the type of film that should set everything up, no matter how crazy it is and then flip it on its head. You are exclaim in wonder as the truth is laid out in front of you, you are supposed to feel that the writer had a hood over your head until everything is revealed at the end. Rebirth doesn't do that, and I am hoping that is not what they were going for.

However this is a fun little movie, expressing what a lot of people feel once they make it into a steady job, have a family and leave the naivety and optimism of their past college selves behind. Kyle works at a bank in the social media division where they are trying to get the youth to invest in their first homes. Every day of his life is the same; get up, go on the treadmill, make breakfast, drive to work, work, come home, see the family, sleep, and repeat. Kyle doesn't see his life as a failure to his younger self until his old college friend Zach show up to tell him otherwise. He invites him along to this "self help" seminar, Rebirth for the weekend to help him recentre his expectations of his humdrum life. Kyle eventually caves and goes away for the weekend.

Rebirth is like Fight Club, you don't talk about it with the "zombies" of the everyday world. You are here to reconnect with yourself in all manners of the word. Be in sexually, mentally, emotionally, physically. There are many rooms to choose and you are free to enter and leave as you please—even if it seems that you cannot. The way I just described it sounds just like the "self help" seminar that it is veiled as, just think the exact opposite and you may be there. 

This film is about breaking yourself down to understand what is important. It could be a good commentary of modern life, that is if it did not feel like a script from final year college student. There is plenty of potential, just not quite where it needs to be to make its point.