With Sebastian Roche (Jerry Jacks, GH) appearing on "24" the last 2 weeks, I decided to review a movie of his from awhile back. Here goes!
"Never Get Outta The Boat" (Movie release 2002 / DVD release 2005) - Rated R - 111 minutes
The official summary according to IMDB: "The story of young men whose recovery from drug abuse hangs on their self-management of a gritty L.A. rehab center."
Sebastian Roche plays Soren Dresjac. Soren is a married rock superstar who's wife is pregnant and is tired of his party lifestyle. Soren had been through rehab 22 times - and always relapsed.
Sebastian's first scene shows Soren (shirtless and tatooed!) in a hotel room, tripping out, throwing furniture off the balcony. He is brought to a hospital to detox, and then assigned to live in a run down men's "sober home" for recovering hard-core addicts in Los Angeles. The detox scenes were very graphic and realistic. The scenes at the half-way house were also extremely graphic, showing day to day living with an addiction. The dialog in the film was authentic - and harsh. This movie is not for those who object to strong language.
The movie follows the lives of the men living in the home, and their interactions with each other. As all of the men are recovering addicts of varying degrees, the movie realistically show each man's fall from grace, and climb back into society. Once Soren moves into the house, he bonds with a couple of it's residents. But when life gets tough, Soren and one of the other residents named Cesar, go on a binge, and Cesar OD's. Soren and the other residents then have to deal with the consequences of their actions. There were some very intense scenes - really pushing the limit. Sebastian was very belieavable in the role - almost natural - as a chain smoker, doing drugs, fighting with his wife, and having the "rock star" better than the rest attitude. The viewer sees the complete cycle of character on every level - physical, sexual, emotional, moral, ethical. Sebastian shows multi-dimensional raw emotion - and it is very powerful.
Sebastian had an accent in the film -- but it was not his normal voice. It was harder, and difficult to explain. His look was gruff and rough - complete with facial hair, and his hair was a little longer (similar to when Mr. Craig first arrived), and a lighter shade of blonde.
John Cusack was an Executive Producer and Director on the film. Alley Mills (Pamela on Bold and the Beautiful and Norma on the Wonder Years), Darren Burrows (Ed on Northern Exposure), and Shawnee Smith (Linda on Becker) were also in the cast.
If you have experience in addiction, or know a recovering addict, the reality of this movie will hit home. The film has an independent look to it - odd camera angles and effects give it a low-budget feel. But overall -- I would recommend the film. If you are looking for a "Jerry Jacks" type of character - this is far from it. But Sebastian gives a compelling and realistic performance worth viewing.
On a scale of one to 5 stars - I give this film 4 stars.