‘Eddie The Sleepwalking Cannibal’ surprisingly cerebral but slightly insensate
Eddie The Sleepwalking Cannibal
Directed by Boris Rodriguez
Written by Alex Epstein, Jonathan Rannells, Boris Rodriguez
In 2009, a Brazilian television show host drew worldwide media attention for his nefarious approach to producing Canal Livre, which was, ironically, an immensely popular crime and punishment programme. Wallace Souza, the accused, was suspected of hiring hitmen to kill five people for the purpose of cultivating hands-on and first-to-the-scene graphic footage, generating interest in the show and boosting ratings.
Detractors have denounced his actions as immoral (an understatement, to be sure), but his inquest posits a more equivocal proposition. Yes, killing is wrong (we’ve all been taught that; presumably, Mr. Souza as well), but was what he did worth it? To become the most famous face on Brazilian television, to have the most popular show on air, to be both rich and respected, for however long he was, Mr. Souza certainly felt that the lives of five people was expendable.
In a cursory and uninspired segue, this brings us to Eddie The Sleepwalking Cannibal, a surprisingly cerebral but slightly insensate take on the aforementioned issue. Although a cleverly ornate look at artistic obsession, the film lacks the grisly payoff promised by its set-up.