Written by: Peter Morgan
Starring: Matt Damon, Cecile de France, Frankie McLaren, George McLaren, Bryce Dallas Howard
Genre: Drama/ Fantasy
Runtime: 129 minutes
A drama centered on three people — a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy — who are touched by death in different ways. [imdb]
The trailer for this movie was cool, but definitely misleading. This is not just about Matt Damon. This is not an action movie. Definitely, it will not give you an adrenaline rush.
The first 10 minutes are some of the best scenes ever filmed. And definitely the best scene in this movie. There is a big amount of knowledge, expertise, and skill evident in those scenes. The tsunami looked realistic as hell. There are some technical problems (the water is a bit too clear, right?), but definitely one of the best scenes ever.
Unfortunately, after that, everything slowly went downhill. I understood that they slowed down for the spiritual nature of the story to be fleshed out, but it felt intensely dragging. The cinematography added to the dullness. It felt like there was no movement at all. I was actually waiting for the story to have something interesting. It failed me. Where’s the direction, anyway? And whosoever said this film is a very spiritual experience? It’s soulless.
Still, there are things to praise for it as the movie went on. Matt Damon is surprisingly vulnerable as the psychic who is already tired of communicating with the dead. Cecile de France adds a lot of credibility in her character’s struggle as Marie, a survivor of the 2004 tsunami. The twins were also good, but I left wanting more. Bryce Dallas Howard is effective in her very brief role as Matt Damon’s friend. The way she broke down when Damon tells things about her brother was great.
The actors are definitely doing their best, but the film almost removed the emotional impact for us to feel in these characters.
Even then, I still had hope it would give me at least a reasonable conclusion. It did not. It gave me one of the worst endings available this year. It’s abrupt and almost random. The story deserved a better treatment.
This movie made me mad. Not because it’s bad, but because it was very disappointing, given the promising trailer it had (one of the best of 2010).
Watch it if….. you are an avid Clint Eastwood fan, if you want to watch one of the best disaster scenes ever, if you want to see some nice acting, if you fascinated with afterlife things.
Skip it if….. you expect to get what you saw in the trailer, which is a thrilling movie, if you think Eastwood’s recent efforts are utterly disappointing, if little CGI discrepancies annoy you, if you want to have a nice sit-through.
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