The rabid satire that is Tropic
hit all the stops: A big, bloody Vietnam
Downey Jr. as an Australian superstar in blackface, “the dude playin' the dude
disguised as another dude
.” Tom Cruise as a grotesque incarnation of the Hollywood executive.
The benevolent observer would assume the makers of Tropic Thunder have had their fill, but the benevolent observer would be
Rain of Madness,
now available on iTunes, is a mockumentary in the style of the 1991 documentary
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (which chronicled
the making of Apocalypse Now) about
the making of Tropic Thunder. Not,
mind you, the Tropic Thunder
currently in theaters, but the Tropic
Thunder within Tropic Thunder—the
movie within the movie that the actual movie makes fun of.
Got that? Don’t sweat it. For all its meta-posturing, Rain of Madness is more coherent than it
sounds, and with dialogue like “The only difference between this film and Vietnam is that with
this film, we’re going to win,” its satire is often fiercer and funnier than
its inspiration’s. And at just under a half hour, it’s also much, much shorter.
The free download, very NSFW, is available here.
Review: Tropic Thunder
YouTube: Rain of Madness trailer on YouTube
YouTube: Tropic Thunder trailer on YouTube
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