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In land of dense forests, tall mountains, and serene landscapes, one boy attempts to turn the tide of his life around through his admiration for Steve Austin, kitsch 70s sci-fi superhero from the Television Show Six Million Dollar Man. Donning an iconic red jumpsuit, he faces off against playground bullies and controlling adults in his life. The banality of school life is certainly the key issue in Six Dollar Fifty Man, but writer Louis Sutherlands ' interest in this particular pop-culture icon adds fresh flavour to the oversaturated comic book hero market. Jason is a funny looking kid. Bug-eye, unkempt hair, and altogether dishevelled appearance-Jason could be viewed as an easy target by older bullies at his school. He isnt going to let them get away with it as angry fire burns in his eyes. If looks could kill these bullies would be dead several times over. His only other problem is teachers at his school who seem to disregard Jasons struggles and outbursts, only view them as uncontrollable acts of rage. With his golden yellow hair and colour-coordinate outfit, Jason has persona to hide behind but no power to enact his retribution. Were first introduced to Jason as he tests his bionic powers in an attempt to impress an equally awkward girl from his class named Mary, by grabbing hold of an electrified fence with both hands. Simon Baumfields cinematography highlights raindrops that group together on wire. Hand hovers above it. Grabbing the wire, Jason twitches as Mary counts to ten. Triumphant Jason then describes many powers he has, such powers as the power to heal people, ability to control people, and, of course, super speed. Mary indulges his fantasy as we begin to see relationship blossoming. This childhood beauty is shortly undercut when two bullies appear from nowhere to tease him. Despite his much desired powers, Jason is victim of his surroundings as his angst constantly leaves him in trouble with his dead-eyed teachers, whose imaginations fade years prior. From child drawn opening titles to the humble choral twangs of the soundtrack, Six Dollar Fifty Man is an honest slice of pre-adolescent life in a depressing, diminutive town. It is easy to fall into the pit of generic coming-of-age stereotypes, but Sutherland has found a way to show the origin story of a class clown turned superhero in his own right.

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