Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry

Year: 2000
Production Co: Bleiberg Entertainment
Director: Paul Tickell
Writer: Simon Bent
Cast: Nick Moran

Nick Moran, who I only knew from the films of Guy Ritchie, headlines this very stylish but somewhat befuddled caper. He plays accountant Christie, an everyday schmoe who starts exacting little episodes of revenge against the world that's wronged him.

They appear to begin in his mind in daydream sequences of wish fulfillment fantasy, and soon he graduates to secretive acts of subterfuge and destruction he always balances in a secret set of books in his apartment. It culminates in a quite shocking act of anarcho-terrorism that either came out of nowhere or which I didn't anticipate because of the muddy character arc.

Along the way he meets a delightful girlfriend and various co-workers and friends make various impacts on him, and while the overarching story is easy enough to digest it's the tiny, at-times pinprick-sized subplots that I found well made but unrelated.

The biggest – which ends up taking about a quarter of the running time – is the story of the 16th century monk who invented the modern bookkeeping that gives us the basis of a debit for every credit. The monk's day to day dealings with his contemporaries – including Leonardo Da Vinci and his apparent closeted homosexuality – seems to impress some philosophical weight upon Christie's life, but I couldn't figure out what it was.

Overlaying it all is a great alt-rock soundtrack that further deepens the mood and some inventive visuals that seem to make it even more an urban fantasy more than anything else.

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