This Is Not a Movie is a 2010 Mexican experimental science fiction film written and directed by Olallo Rubio. It stars Edward Furlong in three roles, playing different personalities of the same character (Pete Nelson), who prepares for the end of the world by sequestering himself in a Las Vegas hotel while he grapples with existential questions. The score was composed by musician Slash. It premiered at the Morelia International Film Festival in 2010 and was released in Mexico on January 28, 2011.
Not to be confused with the Iranian documentary This Is Not a Film.
This movie provides examples of
- Actor Allusion: This isn't the first time that Edward Furlong dealt with the end of the world coming.
- Driven to Suicide: The writer at the end of the film plans to kill himself after failing to complete his screenplay and puts a bullet in his head at the very end of the movie.
- The End of the World as We Know It: What Pete Nelson is preparing himself for. It turns out that the "world" ends when the writer at the end of the film shoots himself in the head.
- The Hedonist: One of Pete's alternate personalities, dressed up in long hair, sunglasses, and a cowboy hat.
- Kung-Fu Jesus: Jesus in "The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre" trailer.
- Literal Split Personality: Pete Nelson is split into a few people representing various aspects of himself, including The Hedonist.
- Mile-Long Ship: The Pentagon appears in the form of an Imperial Star Destroyer from Star Wars and even makes its entry on the screen in the same fashion as in A New Hope.
- Rage Against the Author: Pete Nelson finds out that he is actually a writer's creation near the end.
- Real Trailer, Fake Movie: The trailers for movies such as "The Jesus Chain Saw Massacre", "Reagan Force: Operation Freedom Lies", and "The System Strikes Back".
- Title Drop: By Pete Nelson.