The most offensive aspect about Postal is how bad it is.
For those who have never heard of it, Postal is a video game that was created with controversy in mind. The game basically tried to piss people off by making immature and offensive jokes about some of the most controversial issues in current times (shooting children, social cleansing, portraying disturbingly realistic deaths and so on.) Someone came up with the idea of turning the game into a movie and who better to direct it than Uwe Boll, a controversial director who has done nothing but offend people throughout his career?
There’s a reason why you’re reading the word controversial so often in this article so let me elaborate on that. The first scene, for instance, has two terrorists hijacking a plane that they will crash on the World Trade Center and the reward for such a horrific act involves going to heaven and sleeping with dozens of virgins. This is a film that doesn’t shy away from anything , so you’ll hear jokes about dogs eating their own excrement, the leader of a cult having an orgy, an Asian woman having problems driving and a policeman shooting her in the face, jokes about Nazism and pedophilia, morbidly obese women having sex with everyone in town and the list goes on and on.
There’s a story, but for the most part, Postal is about throwing random jokes at the viewer. If you like politically incorrect, racist, misogynistic and unconventional humor, you’ll probably enjoy Postal. But the rest will have a hard time trying to watch it which was definitely how I felt. To be clear, I’m one of those people who thinks that in comedy, you can do whatever you as long as you’re trying to be funny. That was certainly the case with some of the greatest comedies ever made, like Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Fawlty Towers and The Office, to name a few. But in the case of Postal, I get the feeling that the people involved wanted some kind of reaction from the audience and that’s it.
So this is what you should know in terms of narrative: after the Postal Dude finds out in the worst way possible that his wife is cheating on him, he decides that he wants to leave Paradise City as soon as possible. But to do so, he needs money for the bus ticket and to start a new life somewhere else, so he needs to find a new job quick. So he decides to steal the most sought-after toy this holiday and resell it at an exorbitant price. That’s the premise, but soon enough, this movie starts becoming more and more random. At one point in the movie, there are some cameo appearances. The creator of Postal shows up, as well as Uwe Boll who makes a joke about financing all his movies with Nazi gold, being interested in pedophilia and hating video games. It’s all downhill from there.
It’s really hard to review something like Postal. If the film’s idea was to offend some people while catering to a specific audience who likes politically incorrect movies, the people involved were more than successful. But for everyone else (myself included) Postal is almost unbearably boring to watch. In the end, the most offensive aspect about this movie is how bad it is.