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The Life Before This (1999)

Several innocent bystanders are injured or killed when two robbers, fleeing from the police, run into the neighborhood cafe.

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In Toronto, two criminals enter a café one evening and open fire against each other, leaving behind an establishment full of casualties. The stories of the day of many of those that are in the café at the time or could have been are told. Nick and Kevin are the two criminals who have just pulled off a heist, they dealing with an issue pertaining to Nick's wife, Alice. Sheena, a bridal store clerk, has had a bad history in her choice of men. She is trying to decide whether to meet or stand up her blind date for the evening. Jake, a lawyer, has defrauded one of his clients of $200,000 in the pressure he has felt in providing for his materialist wife Gwen's wants. An incident results in Jake needing to pay that money back immediately or probably be caught in his illegal actions. He has to decide if he will go to the one person he knows could help, but who he has long put out of his life out of moral judgment. Brian, a pest control technician, is having a sad day as a few incidents bring ... Written by Huggo

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live each day ... it may be your last.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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a look at the twists of fate
5 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

I agree with a previous reviewer in saying that this film had good potential. And in some spots, it comes through on this promise. Unfortunately, when all is said and done, this film does feel a bit incomplete with some things left unexplained.

On the plus side, I like how it shows that life can change very drastically with just one seemingly irrelevant incident or event. However, I felt that there were other ironies that were intended or even implied, but the film failed to get them across. If these ironies were explained, and all of the stories connected in more than just the beginning and the ending, this would have been a much better film and I believe it would have fulfilled its potential.

I must say, despite its flaws, I liked it. But I could've liked it better...


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