Fatman (\N)

Mel Gibson,
Fatman is a movie starring Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Santa Claus must contend with a hitman sent from a disappointed child.
  • 6.0 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
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  • 2019-05-16 Added:
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7 / 10

Mel Gibson Brings A Dark Version Of Santa To Fatman

Billy Wenan (Chance Hurstfield) is a very spoiled, entitled, and sadistic young boy. He has the advantages of privilege and lives with his wealthy Grandmother but is rude and condescending to the staff. Billy is also very arrogant and petty to the point that a Runner Up finish at his private school Science Fair after a string of wins motivates him to hire a Hitman (Walton Goggins) to intimidate the victor to falsely admit to cheating so he can claim victory.

This is not the first time Billy has hired the Hitman and when he gets a lump of coal for Christmas from Santa (Mel Gibson) he is enraged and hires the Hitman to take out Santa.

Santa has his own issues as a decline in revenue has forced him and his wife Ruth (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) to take on a project with the government to not only restore his fully stipend but to pay additional funds that will ensure financial stability.The fact that the Hitman has his own reasons for having issues with Santa further motivates him to take the job and rushed north to face Santa on his own turf."Fatman" is a dark and entertaining new holiday entry that gives a contemporary take on Santa and his Elves as they must contend with the issues, politics, and changing world that face many companies.

The at times dark nature of the film is an interesting contrast to the usual overly sweet films that are commonplace this time of year and Gibson and Goggins backed by a strong supporting cast turn in memorable performances.While not one for the kids; "Fatman" is a solid piece of entertainment and Eshom and Ian Nelms keep things moving at a steady pace and provide an interesting and contemporary look at Santa in the modern world and combine it with a story about finding a way through adversity.

3.5 stars out of 5

7 / 10

FATMAN - a new christmas classic

FATMAN is the third movie I watched from the Nelms brothers, it is their best one yet.

The first one - LOST ON PURPOSE - was a beautiful love letter to the area and to the times they grew up in. A little film with a fantastic cast - a pure work of passion.

The second one - SMALL TOWN CRIME - is a superb genre mix: Thriller, action, drama, Film Noir - STC has it all.

And now there is FATMAN.The plot sounds so crazy, totally out of the box.It is an artistic miracle what Eshom and Ian Nelms did with this weird but great idea.

First and foremost, the cast is just amazing.It seems Mel Gibson was born for this part, there could not have been a better choice for Santa. At least not for this Santa.Walton Goggins is a great actor for sure, I like him since The Shield. But he surely surpassed my high expectation in Fatman. His performance is pure gold.Marianne Jean-Baptiste has a great chemistry with Mel Gibson, another ideal casting choice.Last but not least, Chance Hurstfield plays the nasty kid, and he surely does a great job since I disliked this little devil soon after some minutes.

The setting (the film was shot in Canada) also fits perfectly into the winter / christmas scenario. It creates the fitting atmosphere for this wild ride.

FATMAN delivers the perfect mixture of humor, drama, action and violence.Thanks to the great job of the Nelms brothers and the perfect cast, FATMAN is likely to become another 'christmas classic' like Die Hard.

A masterpiece and a must-see.

6 / 10

Not Bad, Not Great, But Different.

Mel as Santa is the best part of this movie, along with Walter Goggins as the Hitman. It is not your usual warm hearted fuzzy Christmas movie, but is a more true to life version (if you ignore the fact that a kid can hire a hitman etc).

It is quirky and different and is a very fun watch. However, like a lot of recent movies, it includes a black person for the sake of including a black person and not because the actor is any good. Marianne Jean-Baptiste just doesn't quit fit the role of Mrs Claus, not only because Mrs Claus has been white as snow since time memorial, but also because she comes across a bit wooden, even though she is a very talented actress. This tokenism in movies is getting very tiresome and in such roles as this, it is very obvious. It is also very demeaning to the actors themselves !

Regardless, the movie isn't great, but it is watchable and keeps you wondering what will happen. Many parts don't make much sense, such as Santa Claus being reliant on US Government handouts? And how he obviously has magic (as he has a sleigh and delivers presents in one night) but never actually uses it. The US Military contract part of the story also seems out of place. It too doesn't quite fit the narrative.

If you can overlook these odd foibles, you will enjoy this movie.

10 / 10

die hard is a Christmas movie!

Die hard is a Christmas movie and so is this. Go watch this in theatres and have a great time. The movie is funny action packed and treats it's self way to seriously...in a good way action and Christmas makes for a really fun cinema movie

7 / 10

Ho Ho Ha

I had put this on my watchlist the moment I saw the trailer.Although it wasn't exactly what I was expecting, it is a fairly decent movie and did make me laugh out loud a few times.

Mel Gibson does a great job as Santa, as does Walter Goggins as the hitman with a personal vendetta, and Chance Hurstfield plays his role well enough that you despise his character. The acting overall was pretty good.

If I have any complaints is that there were certain parts of the storyline that made no sense other than to prolong the action. I mean Santa getting subsidized by the US government?And surely Santa had more powers than he used.And by no means do I want to come across as racist, but come on, a black actress playing Mrs. Kringle? If it changed the story in any way I could overlook it, but they just race swapped her to dot some I's and cross some T's on an equality form.

All in all the movie could have been better, but I still enjoyed it, though it ended quite abruptly.

Recommended for a few chuckles.