Dang, Harold Ramis, director of the 90s classic film “multiplicity” passed away today. This movie “multiplicity” blew my mind. If you haven’t seen it its a harrowing cautionary tale about cloning, human cloning. The main character played by Michael Keaton just wanted a clone to go to work for him, so he could focus on family life. Then Michael Keaton made another clone of himself to do all the family stuff, he was just so exhausted. In a way this film is a commentary on wealth inequality, worker productivity has gone way up but wages have stayed the same. We all work too hard, all of us could use a clone, man, just to keep up with all these fuckin responsibilities society throws at us.
Anyway, this movie also had cool special effects. They had all these fuckin clones everywhere. Like this movie grossed billions of dollars worldwide because of the groundbreaking special effects, and Michael Keatons performance of all the clones is legendary. Theres a scene where theres like 100’s of Michael Keatons and they’re all working in this factory for the original Michael Keaton, and hes just exploiting their clone labor and yelling at all his clones with a megaphone to "Work harder or you’ll be thrown into the meat grinder and turned into hot dogs, you lazy fucking clone motherfuckers." and he’s just making more clones of himself, and its just crazy as hell man the way the power to clone himself has corrupted his humanity, but that it was really the system, the economic model we all live under that corrupted him, and in those circumstances are we really at fault for our actions? Deep questions man. Theres a lot of subtext at work in this film.
Anyway, eventually, the clones rebel and throw the original Michael Keaton into the meat grinder, but the clones have no idea what to do with themselves now that hes dead, and a lot of them throw themselves into the meat grinder and commit suicide. And theres just all these clone guts and heads and bodyparts everywhere, its a very graphic gorey sequence in the film thats like 10 mins long as each clone walks up to the meat grinder and hurls their clone body into it. And its all set to Wagner’s ”Rienzi, the Last of the Tribunes” which gives it a playfully sinister undertone. After most of the clones are dead, its revealed that the original Michael Keaton wasnt killed and that he tricked them by using a clone. Then he shoots all the surviving clones that chose not to go into the meat grinder, he shoots like 10 clones right in the head. Then cleans up all the clone guts, and makes more clones and starts all over, and the movie ends with him, in a bathroom, alone, just wiping blood off his face, and cleaning up. and then he takes a look at himself in the mirror and has this like confused look on his face, and it cuts to black. It’s an intense film, man.
Anyway, Harold Ramis, he made this movie “multiplicity” and now he’s dead. He was also a Ghostbuster and directed “Groundhog Day” and did a lot of other cool shit. So, RIP man.
Ha. Might watch this since it’s on