Hollywood - (Associated Mess): Mel Gibson's latest movie Apoplectico! is to be released next week ahead of mixed reviews that question the value of launching a rehab-centred bio-pic that focuses on the psychobabble which detoxing celebrities have to go through to redeem their wavering movie careers.
Set in a remote rainforest-location Betty Ford-esque facility, the plot is centred around the salvation of the tarnished reputation of a bourbon-loving megastar whose inadvertent outburst at a religious minority has seen his ratings plummet along with his bank balance.
Critics have questioned the value of using sub-titles to explain lengthy detox scenes where the hero is driven to speak in tongues to justify his claims of divinity. But given the amount of ranting and raving involved in the associated loss of a driving licence, the bio-pic's title appears very apt.
Apoplectico! cost a reputed $50 million to shoot and is aimed at an older audience of recovering movie-goers who might well appreciate the neat twist finale showing the hero checking out of the rehab after a delighted clinical professor of toxicology signs off the medical insurance claim with the all-important disclaimer 'patient was clearly suffering from a valium deficiency'.