God's Lonely Man | Chicago Reader

God's Lonely Man

Much of what's intriguing about this drama—the story of a mercurially psychotic adult-bookstore clerk—is that it's an unacknowledged remake of Taxi Driver. Ernest (Michael Wyle) seems motivated largely by plot points of the 1976 movie as he befriends a child prostitute and sets about trying to avenge her, clean up the social environment, and make sense of his own chronic suffering. This 1995 movie repeatedly one-ups the earlier one by depicting more extreme forms of exploitation and violence. But the most frightening thing about this passionately naive story is that it almost makes you believe writer-director Francis von Zerneck wasn't aware of the prototype.

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