Fans of Uwe Boll and haters alike will have to admit, he actually can make a video game movie that is entertaining and true to the game when he wants to.
As a big fan of the game, and hater of Uwe Boll, I had high wishes and low expectations from this movie.
Thankfully I was pleasantly and hilariously surprised. The movie is astoundingly faithful to the second game, which also happens to be packaged with the movie, a very nice touch. It’s missing the Apocalypse Weekend expansion, but is a great introduction for newcomers. From the Lucky Ganesh to the militant citizens group, right down to Uncle Dave’s compound and the Postal Babes, it’s all here. There’s even a few scenes that are slightly edited versions of in-game scenes.
Basically, like the game, think of the movie “Falling Down” but as a comedy and you have the basic plot. It’s your “bad day to the extreme” movie with plenty of hilarious jokes and even some romance. The few twists are minor, as you can just think of how a scene will go wrong, make it less politically correct and you can predict the outcomes. Not that that’s a bad thing, as the movie was tremendously entertaining.
Zack Ward makes a great Postal Dude and Dave Foley makes a convincing Uncle Dave (although funny, I could have used to not see his penis). Vince Desi of Running with Scissors even makes a cameo.
The only thing I missed was Gary Coleman. Vern Troyer was great, but, c’mon, it’s Postal, gimme some Coleman.
Overall the movie is definitely worth a buy if you can find it. Best Buy seems to only sell it online. Amazon has it too, but it seems few brick and mortar stores sell it. My local Newbury Comics, normally a haven for movies, only brought in two copies…..both sold. I found mine at MovieStop.
EDIT: It seems BestBuy stocks the DVD version, but not the BluRay.