Sundance Review: On the Road with Judas
by Alex Billington
January 29, 2007
On the Road with Judas is a bit of an odd film about a couple of characters, including Judas (Aaron Ruell / Eddie Kaye Thomas) who stole Macs from universities in the late 80's, his girlfriend Serra (Eleanor Hutchins / Amanda Loncar), and J.J. Lask (Kevin Corrigan), the writer of a book about Judas and his crime spree. The odd thing is that the real J.J. Lask is actually the writer and director of the movie, and is played by an actor in the film who is somewhat representing him as the writer of a book (although the book fictionalized in real life, and real in the movie). As interesting as this may seem, the film is very confusing and nearly broken, so much so that it unknowingly jumps storylines and plot points. J.J. Lask can't make up his mind about what the film is: a crime film, a biopic, a romance, a comedy, or even a talk show.
On the Road with Judas is open to quite a bit of personal interpretation. Although I consider it to be one of the worst films of Sundance, others may find it just mystifying in its editing and completely rule-breaking structure. I found On the Road with Judas to be completely incoherent and unemotional in any way, even when it tried. It's even a bit "trippy" in an Eternal Sunshine and the Spotless Mind way, but much more irrational. It spends too much time showing still shots of evidence and objects that I suppose are somehow related, but for unnecessary reasons included. To be honest, I'd love to see what everyone has to say about this if they get a chance to see it, but I think it's a bit too troublesome and problematic to actually be watched.