Welcome To Dopeland Reviews
Amazon headline: Five stars—“I was amazed at the film Welcome To Dopeland”
Review by Andrea K. Streight on August 25, 2017
I was amazed at the film “Welcome To Dopeland.” It’s a weird dark comedy/science fiction movie. Drugs are like a sub-theme, a pretext for introducing weird characters, and not the main attraction of this strange and funny film.
Mac, a handsome Oxycontin addict is dumped by his beautiful girlfriend and gets fired from his Advent Nanotechnology job—right when the news is full of reports about a competitor in Korea that had an “accident” or “meltdown.”
A self-replicating foam has been unleashed, devouring everything in its path, and it’s the End of the World coming fast.
As the self-replicating foam advances toward America, Mac tries to score some Oxycontin via his mentally ill friend Bobby, who keeps going into trance and “channelling” various philosophical windbags, who spew forth pop ecology warnings and anti-corporate hostility.
“Welcome To Dopeland” is like a Cheech and Chong road trip crossed with Dr. Strangelove and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
But this is the first science fiction film I’ve ever seen where the “monster” makes its appearance during the last few minutes of the film, as it consumes Bobby as he sits waiting, prophesying manically, like a modern Timothy Leary.
The director of “Welcome To Dopeland” Len Dell’Amico is best known as a video and concert-movie director. Dell’Amico has worked with an impressive list of musicians, from Grateful Dead to Ray Charles to The Allman Brothers Band.
This influence can be felt in some of the film’s psychedelic moments, but in truth, the latter half of the movie reminded me more of Fellini than Altamont. Music: Widespread Panic, Bob Weir and RatDog, The Mermen, Joan Osborne, The Yardbirds, and The Ventures.
"Delivering a cast of bizarre and abnormal characters, WELCOME TO DOPELAND mixes a disturbing reality of what might be with a soundtrack full of great songs from Bob Weir & RatDog, Widespread Panic, Joan Osborne, The Mermen, and the Yardbirds. This film is as destined for "Cult Classic" like This is Spinal Tap, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Heavy Metal, or The Big Lebowski. Highlighted by an amazing, relatively unknown cast including the very funny Ross Turner (Bobby) and a special appearance by Rev. Billy from the Church of Stop Shopping..."
The movie is peppered with visual montages from Dell'Amico in a definite departure from traditional storytelling. Some of them remind you of a bad acid trip, while others draw you deep into the inner psyche, which is the point depending on the scene. COVENTRY MUSIC, DR. PAULEY
Road movies have always held a place in my heart and I am a huge supporter of independent film. Check out this movie and some cool movie stills from the film WELCOME TO DOPELAND, by the acclaimed Grateful Dead filmmaker, Len Dell'Amico.