Day 29 (Alex): The Master Cleanse

The Master Cleanse is one of the best creature features I've seen in a long time. Reminiscent of Gremlins, the creatures of this film have an interesting origin. A group on a self-healing retreat begin a cleansing diet, drinking fluids that rid their body of any toxins. The result of this expulsion leads to something that is very alive. 

This is where the crux of the story lies, with these creatures and how they affect the lives of those involved. The first feature film directed by indie filmmaker Bobby Miller starts off a little on the slow side, but soon the pace picks up quickly. Kept short and sweet at 81 minutes, the Master Cleanse takes you on a fun ride as it explores themes of emotional trauma and self-acceptance. 

You will likely recognize a very familiar face in the lead character. He's Johnny Galecki, Leonard from The Big Bang Theory. He pulls off a great performance as the film's lead.  Still, it was a little hard to shake the name Leonard from my mind as I watched this. That's due to the popularity of TBBT more so than Galecki's performance. 

I really enjoyed this film, and its bold direction to be different. The practical effects are some of the best I've seen since the turn of the century, especially for an indie film.  If you are in the mood for a quirky independent film, I highly recommend The Master Cleanse.

My overall score? 5 bits out of 8.