Guys, I’m Worried About Shia LaBeouf

Yesterday, Shia LaBeouf uploaded a short film to YouTube called Maniac, which is basically a fake documentary about two serial killers played by the rappers Cage and Kid Cudi. I say “fake documentary” and not “mockumentary,” because mockumentary, at least to me, suggests that it’s going to be funny and boy oh boy this is not that. Not that it’s trying to be. Shia LaBeouf definitely wanted this to be intense and creepy and disturbing, and it probably would be if, you know, it didn’t star two rappers and wasn’t directed by Shia LaBeouf. “Oh, is Kid Cudi for real a murderer now and someone made a documentary about it?” No. There is such a thing as the willful suspension of disbelief and then there is a short film starring Cage and Kid Cudi directed by Shia LaBeouf. Separate. Of course, on top of all the questions raised by making an earnest short film about two serial killers, it is even more problematic that the film is just a blatant rip-off of the 1992 Belgian film Man Bites Dog. Like, it is such a rip-off that Cage and Kid Cudi SPEAK FRENCH in it. It makes you wonder what’s going on with Shia LaBeouf. Is he OK? Does he have anyone to talk to? You would think that if he had someone to talk to he could have said “Hey, I was thinking about just straight-up ripping off an internationally famous and innovative movie from 1992 for no ostensible reason, should I?” and the person he was talking to could say, “No.”

Anyway, Shia LaBeouf’s Maniac, after the jump: