Not to be confused with the forthcoming Matthew Perry comedy of the same name, Numb was released in 2003 to a presumably limited number of theaters, and is just now arriving on DVD from Heretic Films. This certainly isn't the sort of film you're likely to find playing down at the local multiplex, but it's probably the most challenging film I've watched for the Killer B's on DVD featurette. The qualifications for what makes a film a B-movie are rather broad, encompassing many genres and styles of filmmaking. If I had to assign a genre to this one, it would be art house science fiction. Numb unfolds at its own pace, and there is little exposition until fairly late in the film. Scenes are presented in a not-quite random order, and are often revisited in greater detail later on once the viewer has been given the background to fully understand the scene. The first third of the film was confusing yet fascinating, and I was pulled in even deeper once the seemingly disjointed images coalesced into a coherent story.
Shot on 35 millimeter film in glorious black and white except for a series of flashbacks in harsh over-saturated color that was shot on mini DV, Numb postulates a bleak future for humanity. Almost everyone is hooked on an I.V. drug known only as The Drip, addiction to which is instantaneous and all consuming. So pervasive is the drug that it can be bought at the pump while you're filling up your car's gas tank. The story is seen from the point of view of a woman named Claire (Jennifer West Savitch) who is seemingly the only person in the entire world not using The Drip.