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Genius Remote

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185 pages2 hours

Summary

What does God, the Devil, Angels, Movies, U2, and Jiro Ono all have in common? Genius Remote explains all. From Holland Park to the jungles of Vietnam and many stops in-between - it's all here. Genius Remote is a surreal comedy involving the Old Man upstairs who has been making movies with the help of Angels to promote the message of Enlightenment. Some movies have been successes others dismal failures.
Heaven, known as the Office circulates between different locations around the world where it conducts the business of making movies. The Office has to avoid staying in one place for too long as Technology issues create disturbances in the transference to each location.
The cycle of the Old Man is coming to an end and the Devil - played by Zachy Dupont is about to take over. In one last effort to get the message of Enlightenment to the world, the Old Man decides to adapt the complex novel - Gravity's Rainbow to film with Terry Gilliam as the Director but Terry goes missing just before shooting is to commence. What follows is a roller coaster ride to find the missing Director before Zachy Dupont takes over the world.
Along the way movie stars, musicians and B-Grade TV actors pop-up in a variety of un-expected cameos. Every character in their own way struggles with their role in the scheme of things. The Angels have to search for the missing Director, with the help of Confines who are hand-picked by Angels to facilitate the machinations of making movies.
Behind-the-scenes in the Office a love story develops between two Angels while the Old Man needs to decide who to replace when the Angels leave the Office.
Zachary Dupont is plotting to derail the whole project of adapting Gravity's Rainbow to film by enlisting the band U2 to sabotage the search.
A chase through South-East Asia ensues to see who can get to the Director first. The search for Terry Gilliam is symbolic of the West's fascination with exotic landscapes and culture coupled with the colonisation and attempted destruction of South-East Asia.
The climax of the story is set in a cave where Terry Gilliam stumbles across an unexploded bomb from the Vietnam war. He has been led here through his search for absolution. He contemplates his own life in the silence of the jungle.
There are many references to movies both past and present and lots of twists and turns in the plot. There are lots of gags about famous actors, musicians and the whole celebrity status merry-go-round. The style is surrealistic with many liberties taken in regard to plot, timelines, and geography.

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