The Keyman (2002)
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The performances are top notch from the three main characters, with my special praise going to Adam Baldwin and Tom Wright, who really stand out.
The film never felt overly long because the pacing seems to have been timed in Switzerland!
Sure the film, like every other, has it flaws. The character that Ellen Locy plays maybe could have used something more and you feel that Tom Wright's Popeye may at any moment come out with "I ain't getting' on no plane fool!", but these things pale into the background when faced with the films question of what would happen to you if a similar tragedy had happened.
And, you know that every has that one scene that you'll remember it for. Well here it simply has to be Adam Baldwin's performance when we finally see what happened to his baby in flashback and his present day "redemption" if you will. Stunning.
The story was beautiful,exciting and heartbreaking. This has to be the BEST movie I've ever seen Adam Baldwin in..(Next to MY BODYGUARD, and RADIO FLIER, two great films) He is a highly talented actor, the entire cast was awesome.
Actually, this is one of the best films I've seen all year, maybe longer. That doesn't say much for all the 'big budget' directors and filmmakers. Sometimes they try too hard. I was so surprised, I didn't realize the depth of Keyman's psychological problems. I couldn't also help thinking, if you took the main characters, Keyman and Popeye and put them in a comedy, They would be hilarious. I'll admit that I cracked up laughing more than once. This is my type of movie. My complaint, it wasn't longer. Thank You Daniel for sharing your story.
Adam Baldwin stood out to me the most. He portrayed a tortured soul so well that throughout the whole movie I wanted to help him in any way I could. I felt his character's pain and guilt from beginning to end. Director Daniel Millican's choice for the Keyman was perfect and I don't think anyone else could have played it as wonderfully as Adam did.
In my mind this movie deserves an Oscar for best film and an Oscar for best actor. I truly feel that all the people in reach of a V.C.R or DVD player should see this beautiful movie and the beautiful people who brought it to life.
I was truly moved by Adam Baldwin's performance as this seriously mentally disturbed man carrying an unbearable burden of guilt.
His character was full of little tics and quirks; constantly muttering to himself as he goes about his day, trying to find that one, missing key.
It's difficult for me to describe how absolutely spot-on he was in some of the Keyman's behaviors; one scene where he's sitting at a desk, quietly rocking, darn near broke me.
Adam Baldwin is a good actor; but his size, and physical condition-buff, very buff-tend to lock him into roles where he's the Big, and Strong One...
So, it was really something to see him in a role where he wasn't so tough, or strong...
Tom Wright was also a revelation as Popeye, with his devotion to Oprah, and his terror of "Mr. Prickles"(?) The scene where he confessed to Karen Myers that he knew that Mr. Prickles lay in everyone was just so true, as Mr. Prickles is merely the dark side of all our natures Well done! Vandevere
I wish that this movie was more readily available for purchase.
I really loved this film...it is one of those rare films which stays in your mind long after watching.
The last scenes just blew me away! Adam Baldwin was incredible in this role...he played it just right & I believed his emotional response. Thank you to the director for taking on such a difficult topic and doing it with such finesse. How this movie missed being the dark horse film I will never know. I think it needs to be released again and soon.
you can say whatever you want about the writing, the acting, the directing, the production, the music & what-have-you, but the bottom line for me is:
it made me cry.
also, having dealt with the homeless, i appreciated the extreme realism of the homeless scenes & the characters being portrayed, because whenever an out-of-it homeless person says something particularly brilliant, or insightful (which i've personally witnessed myself dozens of times), it makes you think two things: 1) "man! there's a REAL PERSON inside there!" & 2) "what in the world happened to them to make them like THIS?"
i believe this movie answers that question (in a general way) &, for this reason, i'd like to see it shown in all sociology &/or psychology courses, all churches & to every single person involved in homeless ministry.
because everyone has a story, amen?
i also think popeye (tom wright) is the best thing that happened to this movie & i'd love to see a sequel that deals with HIS story.
peace & blessings 2 all, barefoot Christian <><
a woman helping out at homeless shelter who cannot forget the past and is tortured by it
this movie has plenty of tears but also some laughs with the character called Popeye, he is a friend of Adam Baldwin's character and his own story is sad but life seems to go on for him, and in his own little life he has his own demons to face.
i recommend this movie to everyone who enjoys a good movie and also a good cry
I think that the stereotypical gangster thug guys were a bit on the strong side and until I watched the commentary I did not know what was supposed to be happening at the moment that keyman is walking down the street and he begins looking around and up and down.
Finally, the ending, I thought should probably have had him start the fire on purpose rather than accidentally. I could not tell that he was lying there waiting to die. I thought that he was just asleep and didn't know about the fire.
And popeye...very interesting character...good choice with Tom Wright.
3/10 for Keyman from me. If anyone thinks the main character (or whoever) deserves an Oscar, I deserve the Nobelprize for peace.
Seriously. I can't believe this movie made it to Europe. The acting was horrible, the plot was awful and what about the '70's horror-music. Give me a break.
"Popeye" eg. What about him? Why is he there, he has nothing to do with the movie.
And what about the Keyman's talking. One time he can't say a decent word, the next time he's getting all talky-talk. He also nearly dies when he wakes up and some sunlight shines thru his bunker. But when he's walking down the street, the sunlight doesn't seem to do anything.
Watch this movie only of you're on the edge of dying of boredom. I regret myself for not watching my roses grow, which are in anyway more entertaining than this piece of...
Could have been a nice little film, except for the wooden dialogue and ditto acting, the total lack of insight into what it REALLY means to have to live out there on the streets -- and (spoiler ahead:) the childish ending, which to me was way over the top, involving a blazing fire, a desperate girl and a cute little doggie in distress. Please, we're adults! (---End of spoiler---)
Writer-producer-director Daniel Millicam visibly put a lot of effort into making this film, but sadly lacks the talent to make it work.