Kiefer Sutherland genuinely seems to want to make this band a success.
It's hard to feel sorry for a band on tour with a silver spoon in their mouth.
The documentary I Trust You To Kill Me takes it's name from a song by the band Rocco DeLuca and the Burden, who are also the subjects of this film. Well, they are mainly the subjects. They share a good deal of screen time with their tour manager Kiefer Sutherland, even thought it is never really made clear why he feels the need to be involved with this. Truthfully, it just seems like something he decided to do with his time off between seasons of 24. The fact that we get to see Kiefer on the CTU set of that show should certainly make the fans happy. He talks about the potential that he thinks Rocco and Co. have, and then it's off to Europe for the tour.
While on tour the viewers are supposed to get the impression that this band is roughing it. We see them staying in hotels, playing in less than stellar clubs to less than stellar audiences, and there's also hijinks like Sutherland jumping into a Christmas tree. Amidst all this, director Manu Boyer gives us arty images to ponder before the band hits their next destination. Nothing about this really plays too originally, and it soon becomes apparent that if Sutherland wasn't backing this band, and wasn't in this documentary, we most likely would never have heard of Rocco DeLuca and the Burden.
Fun if you're a fan of Sutherland but if you want to see the real touring lifestyle that 99% of bands deal with check out Another State of Mind.
This DVD says that it comes with 3 Music Videos from Rocco DeLuca and the Burden as well as 2 Free Downloads of Unreleased songs, yet I couldn't access these supplemental features on my DVD player. I even took this to a friends house and again we had no luck. The fact this DVD was only a screener might account for that.
Widescreen. This documentary essentially plays like a 90 minute EPK. We get to see a lot of Kiefer Sutherland talking to the camera, shots of the band in clubs and hotel rooms, and at times it seems that Manu Boyer is genuinely trying to step away and make an artfully composed film. It isn't that anything about this movie looked bad, it seems compressed well enough on this DVD, but there really isn't anything that special about I Trust You To Kill Me. It's almost like a somewhat more enlightened reality film.
The kind of audio utilized on this DVD is not made known on this DVD box. I didn't have any problems hearing what was said, and considering the shooting conditions (this film was shot all across Europe), I really have to give the creators of this movie credit. Truthfully, nothing about this release blew me away, but there is good audio so that people who are watching will not miss a thing.
Rocco DeLuca and his bandmates are all dressed in black, but they take a big backseat to Kiefer Sutherland on the front cover of this DVD. The back of this screener contains a lot of selling points about the movie (all of which focus on Sutherland), and there's even a shot of him doing the long since dated "heavy metal" sign. Something tells me the back cover on the final release won't look like this.
I am really tired of a lot of music today. The idea of doing a band has become such that people who would never dream of doing one or being associated with one have come into the fray (how else to explain Sutherland being involved with this band in between his cash cow of a TV show?). There is a sunglasses strewn, disheveled look that is supposed to represent most musical artists, and if they don't look like that, than they are either all wearing black, or taking pictures where everyone is looking at the camera except for one member. The sad part about Rocco DeLuca and the Burden as that they don't even seem homegrown. It's like they found this marginally talented guy who creates basically accessible music, they put a band behind him, sent them on the road, and we're supposed to feel for him as he makes his bones.
What happened to the days of actually going on tour and risking it all? Of putting 4 to 5 people in a van, sleeping on the floor of people's homes (not hotels), and really paying your dues. Today, people consider a tour bus with bunk beds to be living the band lifestyle. If you've been doing it a long time and that's what you can afford, more power to you. If you have been around and can stay in hotels, have at it. But I remember when my friends bands were first going out on the road, and they spent one night in a hotel on a three week tour (that they funded themselves), using a parent's credit card because they didn't have anywhere else to stay and were short of funds.
I Trust You To Kill Me isn't bad because the band isn't doing these things. It's bad because this documentary is nothing more than a way to try and capitalize on Kiefer Sutherland's star power. In truth, this could be any band, it just happens to be the one he went "on the road" with.
I Trust You to Kill Me was released July 1, 2006.