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Paul Miller, a self-described "failed actor," sets out for his final act and his ultimate role: the last two days of his life ending with his suicide on tape. He tries to reunite with old friends and family members to say one last final goodbye, all of whom attempt to coax him out of killing himself or dismiss his intentions as a joke. Written by
2 Days is a movie about the last few days of Paul's life. Paul, a struggling actor, has decided to commit suicide in two days and wants to film them in lieu of leaving a suicide note. Paul goes around to his friends and family and agent and says goodbye the best way he can. The film crew is made up of Paul's best friend, who wants the movie to be fixed and have some kind of climactic feel good meaning to the whole thing, the co-director, who really wants to document the reality without creating any false meaning to the whole deal, and then the sound guy, camera guy, and briefly a make-up girl. The film crew has there own problems throughout the movie, the director is a conniving ass, the sound guy likes the director's girlfriend, etc.
This movie is actually very good. The camera switches to let you know which parts the film crew films and which parts are parts of the actual movie by limiting the amount of screen that you see. The camera's all use a fuzzy grainy filter, but it seems like it belongs. The writing and pacing of the movie is perfect, it keeps it exciting and interesting even though he's only going day to day to people's houses and talking to them. The story, while made mostly depressing for a long time, as cynical dark humor, and a very good message to send throughout. The story of the film crew is also critical of film crews in general, from the people who are on them to the things they try to do to shape even nonfiction movies like documentaries.
Though there wasn't a whole lot bad about the movie, a few things deserve pointing out. First off, there is a few attempts at humor early in the film, which mostly dies out by the time the movie is about halfway through. I blame it mostly on the fact that the movie is about a guy who wants to commit suicide, there's a bit of a dark cloud hanging over the story that makes the funny parts more along the lines of frown and shake your head parts. Besides that, the grainy filter of the movie is still a little hard to get used to, and some of the lighting comes through the camera a bit too bright.
Characterization in this movie is done perfectly, both through writing and through acting. Paul Rudd does perfectly as Paul, it almost feels like a movie about himself. The sub-director is a likable character who wants to film honestly, but you want to ring his neck a bit for not trying to stop Paul more. The director, Paul's best friend, is a serious ass and you really want to kick his ass more than the guy who wants to commit suicide. The rest of the crew have distinct personality that mainly plays into humorous situations but still works and are all acted out brilliantly. This is a great cast.
Overall, the movie is great, I don't want to give away the ending. If you're looking for a good independent with great acting then this movie is quality stuff. If you're looking for Paul Rudd before 40-year old virgin, this is the stuff to get.
Final Score: 8/10
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