Saturday, May 13, 2017

Off the Rails 2016

     Darius McCollum has Asperger’s syndrome, he has an overwhelming love of trains and buses in the city of New York.  He has be arrested and taken to jail 32 times for criminal impersonation of NYC subway drivers, conductors, token booth clerks and track repairmen.  Even though he’s been in jail and prison, he can’t seem to stop working on the train or bus systems.  He tried to get a job with NYC but was not hired.  He has all the qualifications and a phenomenal memory for information about running this equipment. 
     In spite of all the times Darius has been in jail or prison, he has never had therapy for his Asperger’s syndrome and his compulsions about the NYC.  Why think about this as an option or consider it might help, just put him away?  His attorney says that if he was committed to a mental institution, he may never come out and he would be placed with very dangerous patients.  It’s obvious that jail or prison is only a band-aid for the problem and just takes time out of the life Darius has.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

86 min, Doc directed by Adam Irving with Darius McCollum, Charles Bilal, Courtney Brown, Sally Butler, Jervis Cameron, Michael John Carley, Shaun Clarke, Evan Croft, Rey Cuscanqui, Shapour Daneshmand, Jude Domski.

Note:  Imdb 7.4 out of 10, 100% critic 75 audience % on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3*, Amazon 5.0* out of 5* with 3 reviews.

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