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The Life Before This (1999)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  24 October 2000 (USA)
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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, after a holdup goes awry, two gunmen kill or wound several people at a cafe. A flashback takes us through the victims' day. Sheena, a talkative woman approaching middle age, vacillates about showing up for a blind date. Jake, an attorney who has "borrowed" from a client's trust fund, faces ruin when she dies. Maggie, the ugly-duckling daughter of a TV star, gets an audition on her own and may be late for her shift at the cafe. A laconic bug exterminator, grieving for his dead daughter, goes through a day of pain and memory. Two prepubescent girls set up an elderly teacher on a charge of sexual impropriety. Can any make decisions that change the shooting outcome? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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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