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A Little Trip to Heaven (2005)

A husband and wife tangle with an investigator over her dead brother's million-dollar insurance policy.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kharl Anton Leigh ...
Young Boy Rodriguez
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Frank
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Abe Holt
Juan Carlos Pardo Pardo ...
Mr. Rodriguez
Damon Younger ...
Long Haired Man
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Josie
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Russle
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William
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Isold
Alfred Harmsworth ...
Thor
Vladas Bagdonas ...
Coroner
Felix Eyjólfsson ...
Auto Mechanic
Margrét Ólafsdóttir ...
Elderly lady in the Park
Birgir Sigurðsson ...
Elderly man in a commercial (as Birgir Sigurdsson)
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After a suspicious fatal car accident in Hastings where the identity of the victim was forged, the Quality Life insurance company sends their smart investigator Abe Holt to identify the body. The unique beneficiary of the one million dollars death benefit is the sister of the victim, Isold, who lives with her son Thor and her husband Fred in a poor cabin in the middle of nowhere. Along the investigation, Abe discloses the truth about the fraud, but feels sorry for Isold and Thor and tries to help them with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Conscience is a killer. See more »

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Rated R for language, some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »
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26 December 2005 (Iceland)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Julia Stiles was in the Bourne Trilogy from 2002 to 2007 and her co-star Jeremy Renner was in Bourne Legacy 2012. See more »

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Baby, It's Cold Outside
By Frank Loesser
Performed by Ann-Margret
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Poorly executed thriller had promise
7 March 2007 | by (SoFla, UsA) – See all my reviews

This somewhat awkward transition to American markets finds Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur a bit over his head with this little mystery. In effect, A Little Trip to Heaven plays a bit like the watered down, third-rate cousin of the thriller Insomnia (nothing spectacular to begin with), although here most potential intrigue is crushed by the deadening weight of a charisma-lacking direction. A talented trio of actors do help elevate the often lifeless direction, but the movie does take an even greater toll by employing Forest Whitaker in the misguided lead. A shame to be coming out on DVD so quickly after his triumphant academy win, Whitaker's questionable Canadian-esqe accent paired with the boring, underdeveloped character he is written here just proves too bland for lead role material. Co-stars Jeremy Renner and Julia Stiles do offer more inviting performances however.

Difficult as the actual lack of energy beaming off the screen may be, the film is not without it's subtle shade of merit. Beyond the b-grade artistry lies a filmmaker with a promising talent for composition, often showing his best, least obvious strength when setting up succeeding, more important shots. As well, the script might have seemed a lot more convincing when on paper (which would explain some of the big name interest), offering a humbly ambitious, localized little guessing game centering around insurance fraud. Sadly, the adaptation to screen just does not gel in any real compelling way, though the detail oriented plot should throw enough curve balls to keep mystery buffs afloat.


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