Philosophy professor Walter Zarrow (Sam Waterson) is wounded during a mugging. In an effort to escape he rings buzzers indiscriminately, waking Sam (Corey Stoll), a middle aged father of two having an affair in the city. Sam reluctantly answers Zarrow’s pleas, and Zarrow loses consciousness in his arms. Through an exploration of why these men, along with the mugger, and an addict named Joe (K Todd Freeman), come together, we explore New York City. The experience of Zarrow, Sam, Joe and Zarrow’s assailant ripple quickly out to include the connected lives of a housewife struggling with alcoholism, a stoner teen desperate to lose his virginity, a brilliant but failed writer fighting addiction, two parents confronting the prospect of terminal illness, and a brilliant grad student who wounds herself to feel alive.
Written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson, he also stars alongside Kristen Stewart, Glenn Close, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Jessica Hecht, Gretchen Mol, Gloria Reuben and Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar from The Wire), but this film, which looks at everyday individuals trying to make connections with each other, looks as dull as ditchwater. Avoid!!
Anesthesia is released on January 8th 2016 in the US, but as of yet, there’s no UK date. Thankfully!
If you still care, check out the trailer below and click on the above image for the full-size version:
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