The Beatnicks, An Indie Film Review

by on March 16, 2010

in Entertainment, movie reviews

The Beatnicks by Nicholson Williams

The Beatnicks is a fascinating journey.  It’s an indie movie for someone who truly appreciates the artistic side of a story.  It’s about the journey that one must go through to get where they need to be, regardless of where they believe they need to be.  It’s a cerebral journey.  If you can appreciate Zen Koans and Haiku’s you will be in movie heaven as the characters sometimes seem to speak in such to convey their thoughts.

The Outline

The Beatnicks is about a poet, Nick Nero, played by Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints I & II, Pandorum, American Gangster) & a musician, Nick Beat played by Mark Boone Jr (Halloween II, 30 Days of Night, Batman Begins, TV: Sons of Anarchy).

They’re two guys who try to carve the truth out of life and make it their own.  Things aren’t looking too good as they owe rent and can’t find a gig.  That is until they find a magic box on the beach that creates an odd beat that completely inspires Nero to create riveting, artistic prose.  Yet, even though the box seems to be the answer to their prayers, it’s just the beginning of a true trip of self-discovery for both of them.

The Beatnicks, with Norman Reedus as Nick Nero

The Beatnicks, with Norman Reedus as Nick Nero

Part of Nero’s trip involves falling in love with Nica played by Elodie Bouchez (TV: Alias), the wife of club owner Mack Drake, played by Eric Roberts (The Expendables, The Dark Knight).

The Beatnicks, with Mark Boon Jr. as Nick Beat

The Beatnicks, with Mark Boone Jr. as Nick Beat

Beat’s trip involves getting a job working for Hank, played by the venerable Patrick Bauchau (Extraordinary Measures, 2012, TV: Carnivāle).  Hank has a way of showing Beat different ways to understand himself, and none of it makes any sense to Beat.  Some of it doesn’t make sense to me either, but hey, it’s about the journey, not the destination.

Cinema Static’s Thoughts:

In the end…  oh no, no, no.  You’ll have to find out for yourself how it turns out, but I was surprised at what came of everything for everyone.

If you’re one of those folks that heads over to IMDb to check out movies, I’ll save you the trip.  The Beatnicks has 27 votes and is scored at a 4.3 average.  But keep in mind that the mindset of most moviegoers on IMDb is not in tune with the premise of this movie.

My recommendation?  If you can appreciate the artistic interpretation of art, you just might find this movie right up your alley.

Here’s the movie trailer for The Beatnicks:

Official Beatnicks website; The Beatnicks DVD, on Amazon,

The Beatnicks DVD was provided for the purposes of this review.

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