How a Spiraling Joke Creates a Chris Rock Paradox
Starring comedy legend Chris Rock in the lead, Spiral is a lot funnier than the average Saw movie, but a joke creates a paradox involving its star.
With comedy legend Chris Rock in the lead, Spiral is much funnier than average Seen, but a joke creates a paradox involving his star. This is not to suggest Spiral is a horror / comedy, or that its story is not meant to be taken seriously. If anything, Rock’s early jokes serve to subvert audience expectations, using their familiarity with Rock as a comedian to lull them into a false sense of security before things get crazy.
Yet rock protagonist Zeke Banks leads to more humor than before Seen installments, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as viewers who found themselves breaking their guts Forrest Gump monologue will attest to this. Unsurprisingly, Rock wrote it himself and helped improve many of his scenes and dialogue exchanges, which suited director Darren Lynn Bousman, who was a fan of Rock, perfectly.
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While most rock jokes Spiral works great, there’s a special reference to pop culture which, while fun at the time, gets more intriguing when you think about it later. In essence, this creates a paradox around his own career, raising several questions.
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Before Zeke and his rookie partner William Schenk break into a drug branch to interview a dealer for information about SpiralDetective’s Jigsaw Copycat Killer References 1991 Police Drama New Jack City, directed by Mario Van Peebles. It’s a well-known film and remains a cult favorite. That would be a pretty innocuous reference considering what they’re about to do, but that changes when you remember that Chris Rock played a supporting role in New Jack City. Playing junkie turned police informer Benny “Pookie” Robinson was one of Rock’s first great acting roles, and helped him become an actor, not just a comedian.
The biggest question raised by this scene is, does Chris Rock the actor / comedian exist in the Seen universe? Clearly, New Jack City done, and Spiral Zeke Banks saw it. When he did, was he surprised at Pookie’s surprising resemblance to him, or in this universe, or New Jack City cast a different actor like Pookie? These questions will probably never be answered, but in bringing his own work into the story, Rock, perhaps on purpose, has created quite the paradox in the Seen universe. Maybe Rock, a huge fan of the franchise, wanted to thrill other viewers. It might also make them wonder if Zeke’s father Marcus Banks (Samuel L. Jackson) saw pulp Fiction.
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