I’ve personally always had a fascination with movies, events, and news that revolved around magnanimous personalities. Guys with personalities and abilities to get people to just blindly follow them and damn the consequences. The kind of personalities like Charles Manson, Adolph Hitler, Jim Jones, and David Koresh. Add Eric Benson to that list. Why not? Most everyone else has added him to that list.
The movie “The Minionaire” starts off innocently enough. A young, yet cocky Naval pilot. Working his way onward and upwards. Each step of the way, he finds more respect from his peers and something he thirsts for…power. The thirst must be quenched or hell will be paid.
The movie follows the Naval pilot, Eric Benson, through a transformation from cocky pilot (aren’t they all?) to City Manager of Enid, Oklahoma. Its during this point of the movie, that we see the full transformation of Benson from brash and charming to dastardly and controlling.
In the movie, Benson exerts what power and influence he has to acquire a group of followers. These followers are blind to all logic and reason. They do as he says and as he wants. They refer to him as “The Dear Leader.” He soon has a large portion of the city under his hypnotic charms. An army of minions, so to speak.
Now, at this point, I should point out how the minions and the Dear Leader are using their powers. They begin to think outside the box and try to actually make the quaint retirement town of Enid, Oklahoma into something more. They want to make some changes and try to improve the city.
Thankfully, not everyone is drinking the Kool-Aid and Benson’s charms don’t work on everyone. A group calling themselves “The Nattering Nabobs of Enid” forms and begins to use the power of the internet to combat Benson and his minions. They post tirelessly, and most importantly, anonymously on the internet using vague facts and a steady stream of stubborn negativity in attempts to thwart Benson. Some post attacks on Benson’s character and the character of his minions. Others file lawsuits to slow down any processes.
Overall, this movie has a bizarre plot. Because no matter how evil or nefarious Benson and his minions are made out to be, there is no real hero trying to stop them. Why? Because on the internet, most people do not like to use their real names. Beyond that, even the ones smart enough to use their names are drowning in erroneous facts. So in the end, the bad guy (Benson) ends up looking like the hero and the Nabobs begin to look like the bad guys. It’s a brilliant twist of the plot that would make M. Night Shyamalan jealous.
Now, in all fairness, I have to disclose that this movie is produced by the Route 60 Sentinel. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Only two animals were harmed in the filming of the movie
The movie is rated PG-13 and has a running time of about 89 minutes.
The movie itself is decent. But the movie poster is pretty bad ass! Check it out by clicking on it to see it in its full resolution.