Residing atop a malignant skyscraper, Image Corp. sells nothing but its willingness to sell anything. Their mocking motto, “I can do this,” echoes through the soulless halls. As wired and caustic as ever, Bill Pullman plays the titular Rick O'Lette, a corporate functionary at Image trapped by his own amoral limitations, bound on one side by disdained ant-like customers and on the other by a repellant younger director known as Big Boss (Aaron Stanford). After a humiliated job seeker (played by Sandra Oh) puts a “Chinese” curse on him, Rick's life begins to quickly collapse-a fall handily dispatched by Buck (Dylan Baker), a one-percenter hit man who clears career paths for select clients. Writer Daniel Handler, creator of the darkly comic Lemony Snicket children's series, raided Verdi's Rigoletto for the plot, but here those exposed to a series of unfortunate events certainly had it coming. Key to this corporate comeuppance is an all-pervading remoteness that envelops every relationship. If it isn't Big Boss getting off on an X-rated chat room, it's Rick slugging back cocktails in a lounge that features self-actuated surveillance cameras. First-time director Curtiss Clayton's stark satire is bound tightly in a dark surrealism, keeping his isolated denizens in a dim culture lit only by greed and ambition. Rick's alternative motto might read, “In corporate space no one can hear you scream.”

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