Adrien Brody and Jesse Eisenberg in a Fight Club-esque cult thriller? Sure, let’s have it. Following its premiere at Berlinale, a new trailer has dropped for Manodrome, which stars Eisenberg as a troubled New Yorker trying to make ends meet, who has his world spiral further out of control when he is introduced to a mysterious “family” of men.
The film is directed by South African filmmaker John Trengove, whose acclaimed but controversial 2017 drama The Wound also featured cultish initiation rituals among men. Seems he’s beating on a theme, and it’ll be interesting to see how much further he runs with it.
Also in the Manodrome cast are Odessa Young, Evan Jonigkeit, and Ethan Suplee. What is it about Suplee that makes him so perfect as a fervent member of a shady sect?
Here’s the synopsis: Ralphie (Jesse Eisenberg) is a man wrestling with outside forces and the demons within when he meets a mysterious family of men who welcome him as one of their own. As Ralphie struggles to define himself, pressure mounts and a powder keg is lit that will blow a hole in the lives of everyone he touches.
Manodrome opens in theaters on November 10th and VOD on November 17th.