Zigzag

Overview

Zigzag is the directorial debut of screenwriter David S. Goyer Blade, Blade 2. Based on the well-received debut novel by Landon J. Napoleon, the film tells the story of an autistic teenager, Louis "Zigzag" Fletcher Sam Jones III. Zigzag is a sensitive and thoughtful boy who retreats into his own mind to escape the harshness of his inner-city life, particularly the abuse of his father Wesley Snipes. His only friend is Singer John Leguizamo, his compassionate Big Brother, who gives Louis his nickname, and tells the...
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Overview

Zigzag is the directorial debut of screenwriter David S. Goyer Blade, Blade 2. Based on the well-received debut novel by Landon J. Napoleon, the film tells the story of an autistic teenager, Louis "Zigzag" Fletcher Sam Jones III. Zigzag is a sensitive and thoughtful boy who retreats into his own mind to escape the harshness of his inner-city life, particularly the abuse of his father Wesley Snipes. His only friend is Singer John Leguizamo, his compassionate Big Brother, who gives Louis his nickname, and tells the boy he's imbued with special powers. He's trying to get Zigzag removed from his father's home, and also to teach him to survive. Singer has testicular cancer, and is concerned that he won't always be around when the boy needs him. Zigzag works as a dishwasher in a restaurant owned by the Toad Oliver Platt, an amusingly caustic Southerner. After Zigzag's father demands 200 dollars for rent, the boy sees Toad opening his office safe, and commits the combination to memory. Later, he takes 9,000 dollars from the safe. When he attempts to give his father the rent, his father takes all the money. When Singer finds out what Zigzag has done, he goes to desperate lengths to get the money back, so he can return it to Toad before Zigzag gets into trouble. As Singer's plan goes awry, this brings the pair into contact with a sleazy loan shark Luke Goss, who was also in Blade 2 and a kindhearted prostitute Natasha Lyonne. The film's soundtrack was composed by Grant Lee Phillips. Zigzag was shown at the 2002 SXSW Festival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with writer/director David S. Goyer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
David S. Goyer's directorial debut, Zigzag, is a warm and well-acted, but muddled drama. While the contrivances of the plot may have worked in Landon J. Napoleon's first-person novel, Goyer is unable to capture them as effectively without the main character's distinctive point-of-view narration. The familiar tropes the film runs through (including a robbery, a nasty loan shark, a dying mentor, and a hooker with a heart of gold) need to be relayed completely from the unique perspective of the lead character (as they are in the novel) in order to seem fresh. There are also a few scenes that seem out of place. For example, an incident involving Zigzag (Sam Jones III) and his schoolteacher (Elizabeth Peña, who only appears in this one scene), goes nowhere. But the film has many moments that are touching and funny, particularly in the quieter scenes between Sam Jones III as Zigzag and John Leguizamo as his Big Brother, Singer. Jones does a fine job in a challenging role as an autistic teen who gets into more trouble than he can handle, and Leguizamo is excellent in a very sympathetic turn as his only friend. In contrast to their subtly effective work, Oliver Platt gives an amusingly over-the-top performance as Zigzag's loudmouthed boss. Despite the shortcomings of its plot, Zigzag is worth seeing for its solid performances and engaging characters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • UPC: 031398136569
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 69,113

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Jones III Louis "ZigZag" Fletcher
John Leguizamo Dean Singer
Oliver Platt Toad
Natasha Lyonne Jenna
Wesley Snipes Fletcher
Sherman Augustus Detective Hawk
Luke Goss Cadillac Tom
Michael Greyeyes Dale
Elizabeth Peña Teacher
Technical Credits
David S. Goyer Director, Screenwriter
Susan Bertram Costumes/Costume Designer
Felipe Borrero Sound/Sound Designer
James L. Carter Cinematographer
Richard L. Fox Asst. Director
Richard Hicks Casting
James Holt Co-producer
Grant Lee Phillips Score Composer
Elie Samaha Producer
Alison Semenza Co-producer
Conrad Smart Editor
Tracee Stanley Executive Producer
William B. Steakley Executive Producer
Andrew Stevens Producer
Philip Toolin Production Designer
Ronnie Yeskel Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Zigzag
1. Rent's Due Friday [10:16]
2. Opening the Safe [9:47]
3. Looking for the Money [8:50]
4. Who Is That? [7:43]
5. Take a Seat [7:25]
6. The Combination Changed [10:44]
7. Your Friend Is Very Sick [7:37]
8. I Work Here [10:31]
9. We Got to Talk [6:49]
10. Can You Look After Him? [8:17]
11. Hiding in the Office [8:11]
12. Credits [4:39]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Zigzag
   Play
   Scene Selections
   Set up
      Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Audio: Commentary With Writer/Director David S. Goyer
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
   Also From Lionsgate
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