Confined to a wheelchair, Otto prays and prays for an opportunity for revenge. To go after the men who raped and murder his wife and daughter infront of his very eyes. His prayers will soon be answered but not from the Almighty, rather from a friend down below.
I'm a sucker. No, really, I am. Teraz Films -- the company behind my favorite movies "Fantom Kiler", "Mark of the Whip", "Girl in the Lift", etc. have released "Nekdo tam dole me má rád" or "Someone Down There Likes Me" for us English-only folks . The first Czech film of its kind: featuring over-the-top gore, rape, torture -- all the things that make life worth living. When I read the tagline 'the bloodiest film in Czech history', saw some of the released photos, and there being a complete lack of information made me go, "Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie!" But of course, like a foolish fool who makes foolish decisions, I bought it and was eagerly awaiting the gory goodness. Little did I know that what I really ordered was a DVD of lies!
Well okay, it wasn't THAT dramatic. In part because I was skeptical about the movie from the beginning because it was being released by Teraz Films but mostly because of the claim that it's "bloodiest Czech movie ever." Nine times out of ten when a movie claims that it's the best, bloodiest, sickest, most disturbing, etc. it is doing nothing more than using a cheap tactic to sell itself because it is infact below average. It has nothing to offer so it has to hype itself up. So there were some red flags with the movie that I was more than aware of. However, the fact is that there was so little info out there that I figured what the hell and bought it anyway. I mean, there's always the off chance I could be wrong even though I'm never wrong. Really, the mere idea that I could be wrong makes me scoff. I'm scoffing now as I type this, as a matter of fact because it is indeed such a ridiculous notion.
If you've seen anything about "Someone Down There Likes Me" and had any sort of inclination of the movie sharing similarities with German gore videos, then you'd be right. Half right, anyway. Right off the bat I will say that this movie is not gory -- it's not even that bloody. The movie is not a lost cause because of that though; while the quality, look, style, and gore (what little there is) is reminiscent of German's infamous splatter trash. "Someone Down There Likes Me" has a far more fleshed out and accomplished story than people might guess or give credit for. It's a tale about revenge: After a quadriplegic man's wife and daughter are brutally raped and murder in front of him, he is left to die. Even though Otto is confined to wheelchair and unable to speak, we know he's praying for a chance at revenge and a nameless man appears before him promising that he'll allow Otto his chance at retribution. The price? Otto's soul.
"Someone Down There Likes Me" is a revenge movie with religious connotations. It's not a religious movie but religion plays in an important part to the Otto character and the journey he takes in the movie. Like most revenge movies, "Someone Down There Likes Me" does focus on the morality aspect of a 'normal' person taking up vengeance and killing those who wronged them. It all comes back to Otto's religious belief; he was once a devout Christian but has now made a deal with the devil in order to take the life of a few thugs. Thankfully the movie isn't heavy handed, trying to invoke a message, or anything else -- Roman Vojkuvka is trying to tell a story with sustenance. In the end, it's not a grand story. It's not one that will stick with you since it lacks that emotional punch that is needed. It is good enough though and done well enough that it keeps the movie from being senseless gore, like one would suspect, and ultimately saves it because of the lack of splatter-tainment.
It may not be a great movie. It may not be a gorefest. Hell, I don't even know if it lives up to the claims it makes from the tagline since I'm not a Czech film expert, and I won't pretend to be one. "Someone Down There Likes Me", however, is a good movie -- it's especially good for what type of movie it is. Sure, the acting isn't great, there are some extremely cheesy moments, some laughable moments, it's overly long, and it doesn't quite live up to the expectations it makes for itself. It's still a good movie because it does more than what you would expect and while I wouldn't have said no to more blood, I'm happy with my purchase. It's the movie I've liked the best so far from Teraz Films.