(2001)3Michael HastingsA psychological drama masquerading as a paranoid thriller, Tim McCann's scrappy second feature seems at first a game attempt to update some of the themes of the Watergate era to the information age. Unfortunately, by the time Revolution #9 reveals itself as a schizophrenic's cautionary tale, McCann has indulged in so many first-person stock-thriller clichés, it's hard to take the drama seriously. The production's shoestring budget becomes apparent early on, as the increasingly unhinged Jackson (Michael Risley) starts to believe that everyone's out to get him - his co-workers, his nephew, even the director of a perfume commercial. But we aren't given enough distance from Jackson to see his delusions for what they are; a la A Beautiful Mind, his paranoia is made real through cheesy technique. When the movie switches to psychological-problem mode, the rug has been sufficiently pulled out from under the viewer to the point where the social-realist aspects -- the only thing that lends itself to Revolution #9's ultra-low production values -- become more of a cheat than anything.