A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.
Robert De Niro,
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.
On a beautiful cloudless day a young couple celebrate their reunion with a picnic. Joe has planned a postcard-perfect afternoon in the English countryside with his partner, Claire. But as Joe and Claire prepare to open a bottle of champagne, their idyll comes to an abrupt end. A hot air balloon drifts into the field, obviously in trouble. The pilot catches his leg in the anchor rope, while the only passenger, a boy, is too scared to jump down. Joe and three other men rush to secure the basket. Just as they secure the balloon, the wind rushes into the field, and at once the rescuers are airborne. Joe manages to drop to the ground, as do most of his companions, but one man is lifted skywards. As Joe, Claire and the other rescuers watch this strangely beautiful sight, they see the man fall to his death. Recalling the day's events at dinner with his friends Robin and Rachel, Joe reveals the impact the accident has had on his battered psyche. Ironically the balloon eventually lands safely,... Written by
Sujit R. Varma
The opening sequence of "Enduring love" is as powerful and gripping as you might have heard. Unfortunately, that's one of the only two virtues of the movie, the other being Daniel Craig's work. I almost never recommend movies only for the acting, and "Enduring love" is not going to be an exception to my rule.
The main character is a professor called Joe (Daniel Craig). One day, he and his girlfriend Claire (Samantha Morton) go for a picnic in the English cottage. Suddenly, they see a hot air balloon with obvious stability problems which are leading to a potential tragedy, with a young boy and his grandfather involved. Joe goes to help, as do some other men who happened to be around at the moment. The rescue does end tragically when one of the men trying to help dies in a horrible way. Later on, we find Joe hasn't been able to move on and he's deeply disturbed by it. Things start to get even worse when another of the men involved, Jed (Rhys Ifans) begins to stalk him.
After a very promising start, the movie goes downhill, and fast. The middle part is basically a series of repetitive sketches about Joe's obsession with the accident, and Jed's obsession with Joe, and how all of this is affecting Joe's mental stability and personal life. After a while, the end comes about very abruptly, and there's nothing good enough in it to reconcile us with the story.
The movie is a chaotic mish-mash of a number of different elements -post-traumatic anxiety, obsession, guilt complex, and reflections about the essence of love and falling in love-, which could have been used to compose an interesting movie. Unfortunately, this was not the case, and every one of the several questions posed at the beginning is left unanswered. We are left with little more knowledge about the characters than we did at the beginning, and this leads to a highly dissatisfying cinematic experience. My final impression was that there might have been a point to the story, but it got lost in the way, maybe due to too much ambition and trying to put too many messages together.
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