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The Air I Breathe -- A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman (Whitaker) bets his life on a horse race; a gangster (Fraser) sees the future; a pop star (Gellar) fall
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Writers (WGA):
Jieho Lee (written by) &
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A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star falls prey to a crime boss; a doctor must save the love of his life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Jieho Lee 
Writing credits
Jieho Lee (written by) &
Bob DeRosa (written by)

Produced by
Paul F. Bernard .... associate producer
Emilio Diez Barroso .... producer
Tai Duncan .... executive producer
Bill Johnson .... executive producer
Darlene Caamano Loquet .... producer (as Darlene Caamaño Loquet)
Jose Ludlow .... co-producer
Vance Owen .... associate producer
Christopher S. Pratt .... executive producer (as Christopher Pratt)
Paul Schiff .... producer
Jim Seibel .... executive producer
Original Music by
Marcelo Zarvos 
Cinematography by
Walt Lloyd (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Hoffman 
Casting by
Carla Hool 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Bernardo Trujillo 
Art Direction by
Rafael Mandujano  (as rafael Mandujano 'Ram')
Set Decoration by
Francisca Maira 
Costume Design by
Michele Michel 
Makeup Department
Gerardo Perez Arreola .... hair assistant (as Gerardo Pérez Arreola)
Ruth Bermudo .... makeup artist
Felipe De Jesus Salazar .... key makeup prosthetics
David DeLeon .... makeup artist: Sarah Michelle Gellar
Lourdes Delgado .... key hair stylist
Eduardo Gómez .... key makeup artist (as Eduardo Gómez Aguilera)
Emi Kamata .... makeup assistant (as Emi Kamata Trejoluna)
Esther Lomeli .... hair assistant (as Esther Lomeli Munguia)
Crissina Lio Nuñez .... hair assistant
Maria Estrella L. Ramirez .... hair assistant
Felipe Moreno Rodriguez .... makeup artist: second unit
Sergio Torres Cuesta .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Mariano Carranco .... unit production manager
Joe Fineman .... post-production supervisor
Ernesto Garabito .... unit manager
Michael Toji .... co-post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alexander Dahm .... first assistant director: second unit (as Alexander Paul Dahm O.)
Marina Filippelli .... second second assistant director
Patrick Heyerdahl .... second assistant director: second unit (as Patrick Heyerdahl Frederic)
Hiromi Kamata .... second assistant director
Batan Silva .... second unit director (as Sebastian Silva)
Joaquin Silva .... first assistant director
Art Department
Francisco Blanc .... assistant art director (as Francisco Blanc Dominguez)
Pedro Antonio Castillo .... swing
Lazaro Cervantes .... prop assistant (as Lazaro Cervantes Aguilar)
Ana Elena Chanona .... set dresser (as Ana Elena Chanona Z.)
Gilberto Cortes .... property master (as Gilberto Cortés)
Ernesto Cortéz .... on-set dresser (as Ernesto Cortez Paredes)
José Luis Cuevas .... on-set dresser: second unit (as Jose Luis Cuevas)
Juan Manuel de la Fuente .... leadman (as Juan de la Fuente Merino)
Israel Delgado Rivera .... graphic designer (as Israel 'Ras' Delgado)
Hana Espinoza .... art department coordinator
Carlos Gamboa .... set designer (as Carlos Adalid Gamboa S.)
Sergio Ernesto Garcia M. .... graphic designer #2
Enrique Garcia Mejia .... swing
Jose Garcia Mejia .... swing
Pablo Martinez Garcia .... set dressing warehouse keeper (as Pablo Martínez Garcia)
Alfonso Lopez .... construction coordinator (as Aldonzo Joel López G.)
Aristeo Ruiz Lugo .... prop assistant (as Aristeo Ruíz Lugo)
Abraham Martinez .... construction foreman (as Abraham Martínez Méndez)
Gerardo Martínez .... swing (as Gerardo Martínez Barrera)
Hana Matsumoto .... art department coordinator
Fabriela Matus López .... set dresser
Fabrizio Montenegro .... on-set dresser
Mariana Robles Castañeda .... art department production assistant
Mauricio Serrano Aleman .... prop buyer
José Vega López .... swing
Mauricio Waldo .... on-set dresser
Elvis Strange .... art director: refilmed scenes (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Michael J. Broomberg .... foley artist (as Michael Broomberg)
Jonathan Coomes .... foley editor
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Robert Getty .... supervising sound editor (as Rob Getty)
Danielle Ghent .... dialogue editor (as Danielle Fiorello)
Justin Herman .... sound stage technician
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Eric Justen .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Kamper .... sound effects editor
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Jeffrey Perkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Raber .... sound effects editor
Steve Schatz .... sound recordist
Alec St. John .... sound designer
Alec St. John .... supervising sound editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
James Wright .... sound consultant: dolby
Special Effects by
Marco Antonio Castillo .... special effects assistant
Manuel Cordero .... special effects coordinator (as Manuel Cordero Pérez)
Raymundo Rodríguez .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Jonathan Amerikaner .... drs operator: Modern VideoFilm (as Johnathan Amerikaner)
Suzette Barnett .... compositor: Entity FX
Chad E. Beck .... visual effects post supervisor: Stargate Digital (as Chad Beck)
Mat Beck .... visual effects supervisor: Entity FX
Roger Ames Berger .... iq artist: Modern VideoFilm
Adrian Colbert .... digital intermediate scanner: Modern VideoFilm
Elona Culwell .... visual effects coordinator: Modern VideoFilm
Todd Daugherty .... head of technology: Entity FX
Adam Ealovega .... digital compositing supervisor: Stargate Digital
J. David Everhart .... visual effects coordinator: Stargate Digital
Darren Frankel .... SVP/GM: Stargate Digital
Rizza Go .... visual effects coordinator: Entity FX
Jay Grunfeld .... compositor: Entity FX
William Higgins .... compositor: Entity FX
Yoshiko Hirata .... compositor: Entity FX
Eli Jarra .... senior compositor: Entity FX
Kent Johnson .... visual effects supervisor: Stargate Digital
Jared Jones .... 2D compositor: Stargate Digital
Jason Korber .... lead compositor: Stargate Digital
Mike Leeming .... visual effects editor: Stargate Digital
Casey Leming .... electronic graphics operator: Modern VideoFilom
Don Libby .... 3D artist: Entity FX
Kymber Lim .... visual effects executive producer: Entity FX
Carl Loeffler .... head of engineering: Entity FX
Karen McCarthy .... drs operator: Modern VideoFilm
Anthony Ocampo .... 3D artist: Stargate Digital
Rik Panero .... I/O manager: Entity FX
Brian Petras .... compositor: Entity FX
Tricia Pifer .... visual effects producer: Entity FX
Jeremy Renteria .... junior compositor: Entity FX
Rouha Sadighi .... visual effects assistant coordinator: Entity FX
Rasoul Shafeazadeh .... matte painter: Stargate Digital
Michael Shermis .... roto artist: Entity FX
Jason Sperling .... visual effects editor: Stargate Digital
Christina Spring .... compositor: Entity FX (as Christina Garranchan)
Susan Stewart .... matte painter: Stargate Digital
Marty Taylor .... visual effects supervisor: Entity FX
Ed Thompson .... digital imaging manager: Modern VideoFilm
Patrick Thompson .... 2D compositor: Stargate Digital
Manny Wong .... 3D artist: Entity FX
Zeljko Barcan .... visual effects (uncredited)
Pharoah Barrett .... 3D artist (uncredited)
Aaron N. Leichter .... visual effects production assistant: Entity FX (uncredited)
Viet Nguyen .... systems engineer: Entity FX (uncredited)
Earl Paraszczynec .... 3D lead (uncredited)
Nate Smalley .... I/O coordinator (uncredited)
Jaison Stritch .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Takashi Takeoka .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Alejandro Avendano .... stunts (as Alejandro Avedaño)
Wilebaldo Bucio Montemayor .... stunt double
Julian Bucio .... stunt coordinator
Alejandro de la Peña .... stunts
Gabriel Godínez .... stunts (as Gabriel Godinez Leon)
Jermaine Holt .... stunt double: Happiness
Joan Seuora Morales .... stunts
Alonso Rosado F. .... stunts: martial arts (as Alonso Rosado Franco)
Ricardo Vadillo Pineda .... stunts
Pablo Vinós .... stunts (as Pablo Vinos Zelaya)
Hugo Aguilera .... stunt double (uncredited)
Toni Bucio .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Gabriel Godínez .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Catherine Abitbol .... still photographer
Víctor Acosta Sánchez .... electrician
Pascual Alvarado Bravo .... rigging electrician
Josue Alvarez .... loader (as Josué Alvarez Leon)
Salvador Anacleto Sánchez .... generator operator
Ricardo Arvizu .... grip rigger (as Ricardo A. Arvizu Solis)
Miguel Avilez Betancourt .... video assist operator (as Miguel Aviles Betancourt)
Victor Manuel Camacho .... 24 fps playback operator (as Victor M. Camacho)
Tiburcio Carabes .... generator operator (as Tiburcio Cabares Paredes)
Arturo Castañeda .... additional first assistant camera: second unit (as Arturo Vastañeda Corona)
Joaquin Cervera .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chuy Chávez .... additional director of photography: second unit (as Jesus Chavez)
Guillermo Diaz Perez .... technician: HMI/Kinos (as Guillermo Díaz Pérez)
José Miguel Enriquez .... additional first assistant camera: second unit (as Jose Miguel Enriquez Bautista)
Edgar Ambriz Espinoza .... rigging electrician
Sergio Flores Alarcon .... dolly grip: "b" camera (as Sergio Flores Alarcón)
Sergio Flores Alarcon .... dolly technician (as Sergio Flores Akarcón)
Alfredo Garcia Aquino .... camera crane operator
Carlos Claudio Gris .... technician: Panavision
Wilma Gómez Luengo .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Wilma Gómez)
Victor Hernandez Romero .... electrician
Víctor Hernández .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Victor M. Hernandez Valdivia)
Javier Labastida .... grip
Dariela Ludlow .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Gerardo Manjarrez .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Martin Gerardo Manjarrez)
Gerardo Manjarrez .... steadicam operator (as Martin Gerardo Manjarrez)
Armando Medina .... assistant: video assist operator (as Armando Medina Parra)
Juan Carlos Morale Ortiz .... mobile operator: second unit
Felipe Morales .... grip (as Felipe Morales Macías)
Fernando Moreno .... gaffer
Miguel Angel Nava .... grip (as Miguel Angel Nava Juárez)
Eliseo Orozco .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Eliseo Orozco Luna)
Juan Pablo Ortigosa M. .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Raúl Palacios .... electrician (as Raúl Palacios Domínguez)
Fernando Peralta Ángeles .... hothead operator (as Fernando Peralta Angeles)
Ignacio Peña Rosales .... generator operator: second unit
Pedro Reyes Esquivias .... mobile tech assistant
Pedro Reyes Hernández .... mobile technician
Jaime Reynoso .... director of photography: second unit (as Jaime Reyoso Rodriguez)
Jesús Rodríguez Barajas .... key grip (as Jesus Rodríguez Barajas)
Juan Manuel Rodríguez .... grip (as Juan Manuel Rodríguez B.)
Jesús Romero .... dolly grip (as Jesus 'Kimba' Romero)
Tim Ross .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jose Luis Sanchez Pineda .... camera crane operator
Antonio Sánchez Romero .... rigging gaffer (as Antonio Sanchez)
Carlos Sánchez .... best boy electric (as Carlos Amador Sánchez)
Miguel Ángel Sánchez .... grip (as Miguel Angel Sanchez R.)
Jose Luis Vasquez Millan .... mobile assistant: second unit
Jason Garcia .... first assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Claudia Schwab .... extras casting assistant
Julio Toledo .... extras casting coordinator: Mexico (as Julio Toledo Breton)
Rodrigo Urbano .... assistant casting director: Mexico
J.C. Cantu .... casting associate (uncredited)
Lindsay Graham .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Venus Kanani .... casting associate (uncredited)
Tammy Neill .... extras casting agent: DreamCast (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carlos Brown .... assistant: costume designer
Edgar Neri Dominguez .... costumer
Griselda Garcia .... costumer (as Griselds García Alamilla)
Laura González .... costumer (as Laura M. Gonzalez R.)
Florinda Gutierrez Ruiz .... seamstress
Fausto Jardon .... tailor (as Fausto Jardón Camargo)
Fabiola Martinez Martinez .... costumer
Mónica Neumaier .... costume supervisor
Jaime Ortiz .... key set costumer (as Jamie Ortiz Domínguez)
Claudia Cristal Valencia Noguez .... costumer
Alma Magaña .... costumer (uncredited)
Becke Shulman .... costume department assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Walt Bigelow .... digital intermediate technical services: Modern VideoFilm
Shawn Broes .... digital intermediate editor: Modern VideoFilm
Karl T. Hirsch .... promo editor
John Paul Horstmann .... first assistant editor
Skip Kimball .... colorist
Zara Park .... digital intermediate supervisor (as Zara Roberts)
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Pat Repola .... vice president: post-production, Modern VideoFilm
Mark Smirnoff .... post-production executive: Modern VideoFilm
Nick Wenger .... post-production coordinator
Robert Vertrees .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Sebastian Arocha Morton .... composer: additional music
Sebastian Arocha Morton .... music programmer (as Sebastian Arocha-Morton)
Ethan Berger .... music consultant
Christine Bergren .... music clearance
Gustavo Borner .... scoring mixer
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... music contractor: The Music Team
Bruce Dukov .... concert master
Matt Franko .... music preparation
Jimmy Johnson .... musician: bass
Julianne Jordan .... music supervisor
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Argel Kota .... musician: drums
Tim Lauber .... score recordist
Daniel Levy .... score preparation
Dean Parks .... musician: guitar
Francesco Perlangeli .... scoring stage manager
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Stacey Robinson .... score studio director
Lee Scott .... assistant music editor
Tom Steel .... scoring stage manager
Erich Talaba .... protools engineer
Bill Talbott .... scoring stage engineer (as Bill Talbot)
Joshua Winget .... music editor
Marcelo Zarvos .... music score producer
Marcelo Zarvos .... musician: piano
Gina Zimmitti .... music contractor: The Music eam
Mark Graham .... music librarian (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Antonio Flores .... driver (as Juan Antonio Flores)
Javier Gunther .... transportation coordinator
Gustavo Hernandez .... driver (as Gustavo Hernández)
Fermín Lara .... dispatcher (as Fermin Lara Hernandez)
Victor Manuel Mandujano .... driver
Joaguín Mendoza .... driver
Arturo Mercado .... driver
José Merced Flores .... driver: special effects truck
Héctor Montoya .... driver
Alberto Nolasco Molina .... driver
Renato Cristian Pérez .... driver
Vicente Pérez .... driver
Xavier Rodriguez Quiriarte .... transportation captain
Sergio Reyes .... picture car coordinator
Francisco Rodriguez .... driver
Ricardo Romero Sánchez .... driver
Rogelio Sanchez Rodriguez .... driver
Jorge Sandoval .... driver
Victor Sandoval .... driver
Oscar Urrutia .... driver
Other crew
Maria Dolores Acosta Sanchez .... accounting assistant
Emilio Damian Aguilar Andrade .... set production assistant: second unit
Alejandro Aguilar Z. .... dailies coordinator
Victor Manuel Alcantra .... craft service assistant
Jesus Alegria Talamantes .... set medic
Andrea Araiz .... assistant: Sarah Michelle Gellar
Gerardo Rene Arellano .... set production assistant: second unit
Jorge Banda .... craft service assistant
Juan Banda .... craft service assistant
Shehene Bedran .... security: Sarah Michelle Gellar, U.S., Galahad Security
Michele Boudreau .... production accountant: U.S.
Patrick Calderon .... production coordinator: U.S.
Luis Humberto Carretero .... craft service assistant
Maury Carvajal .... script supervisor
Javier Cendejas Burgos .... additional set production assistant: New Mexico/U.S.
Paola Cesarman .... assistant: Emile Hirsch
Martin Corkidi .... location manager: "A"
Robert Darwell .... production legal: Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
Lisa Driehuis .... set production assistant
Maria Elena Fayado Sanchez .... set production assistant: second unit
Kathy Fisher .... assistant: Andy Garcia
Florentina French .... dialogue coach
Lucia Mariana Gaja Ferrer .... script supervisor: second unit
Edgar Gallaga .... additional set production assistant (as Edgar Gallaga Amador)
Alexis Garcia .... production legal: Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
Juan Carlos Garcia .... accounting assistant
Kelli Gillam .... accountant: post production, Post Accountants
Gail Glaser .... representative: Screen Acrtors Guild
Noralí Gonzalez .... assistant: Jieho Lee (as Norali González)
Pamela B. Green .... titles: PIC Agency
Luis Manuel Guerrero .... craft service assistant
Miguel Gurza .... animal handler
Elsa Hermoso .... production accountant: Mexico
Joceline Hernandez .... set production assistant
Blanca Hurtado .... payroll accountant (as Blanca T. Hurtado)
Blanca Hurtado .... payroll accountant
Glenn Jepson .... telecine: Etertainment Post
Alejandro Juárez H. .... security: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mexico
Ashley Kravitz .... clearance coordinator
Tanya Leal Soto .... assistant: Forest Whitaker
Alejandro Martinez Flores .... location assistant
Andrea Martínez Crowther .... additional script supervisor: second unit (as Andrea Martinez Cronther)
Yhara Mejia Sánchez .... assistant: Jose Ludlow (as Yhara Mejía Sánchez)
Yhara Mejia Sánchez .... assistant: Jose Ludlow
Clemente Mesinas .... caterer
Susan Mieras .... assistant: Kevin Bacon
Olga Millán .... representative: A.N.D.A.
Columbia Moya .... choreographer (as Colombia Moya)
Agustin Munoz .... location manager: "B" (as Augustin Muñoz)
Norberto Nava .... security coordinator
Juan Carlos Navarro .... set production assistant
Robert Nickson .... production consultant
Maria de Lourdes Nuñez Flores .... accounting assistant
Fernando Ocampo .... set medic (as Dr. Fernando Ocampo)
Mario Olivares .... security: Brendan Fraser (as Mario Olivares Fuentes)
Felicia Ortiz Rodriguez .... craft service assistant
Maria del Pilar Ortiz Rodriguez .... craft service assistant
Monica Ovando Shilley .... assistant production coordinator: Mexico (as Monica Ovando Shelley)
Gilberto Oviedo .... additional set production assistant (as Gilberto Oviedo Hernandez)
Ricardo Palacio .... assistant: Emilio Diez Barroso and Darlene Cammaño Loquet
Mario Palestina Ayala .... craft service assistant (as Mario Palestina)
Nicolás Polito .... craft service assistant (as Nicolas Polito)
Walter Vega Puig .... production assistant: Mexico
Cristian Quiroz Bobadilla .... craft service coordinator
Alberto Rebollo .... assistant location manager: Uruguay
Mario Renteria .... craft service assistant
Eduardo 'Lalo' Ruiz Fernandez .... key set production assistant (as Eduardo Ruiz Fernández)
Magali Sagarra .... assistant: Paul Schiff
Arturo Saldivar .... office production assistant: Mexico (as Arturo Saldívar)
Agustin Salgado .... craft service assistant
Jaime Santos Ramirez .... set production assistant: second unit
Mark Shultz .... production coordinator: Mexico
Paula Sosa .... additional production assistant (as Paula Lucia Sosa Alcantara)
Jarik Van Sluijs .... titles: PIC Agency
Victor Manuel Vargas .... security: Forest Whitaker (as Víctor Vargas)
Héctor Villegas .... additional set production assistant (as Hector Villegas Gallaga)
Marsella Vásquez J. .... assistant: Brendan Fraser
Dana Wilkey .... product placement: Adwil Agency
Patricia Zavala Kugler .... unit publicist
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services (uncredited)
Matthew Cassel .... location manager: Los Angeles unit (uncredited)
Ray Felipe .... script researcher (uncredited)
Julio Ferrario .... creative director: main titles (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Dan Karcher .... website producer (uncredited)
Traceigh Scottel .... production coordinator: re-shoots (uncredited)
Nils Larsen .... personal thanks
Rodrigo Ojeda .... special thanks

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content/nudity
95 min
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Happiness:I always wondered, when a butterfly leaves the safety of its cocoon, does it realize how beautiful it has become? Or does it still just see itself as a caterpillar?
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27 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Happiness, Pleasure, Sorrow, Love…The Air I Breathe, 2 March 2008
Author: jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa

First-time director Jieho Lee has brought us the next installment of the multiple stories genre threaded together as though fate and coincidence are the name of the game. This type of narrative has been around for a long time, most definitely before Robert Altman's Short Cuts, but at least there is an example from 15 years ago, and I can't rack the brains for an earlier one at this time. The most well known to those out there today is of course Oscar-winner Crash. Lee's The Air I Breathe, based on an ancient Chinese proverb that life can be broken down into the four emotional cornerstones of Happiness, Pleasure, Sorrow, and Love, is not as good as Haggis' film, and I think even that one is overrated. It's not that I disliked this one, I actually found a lot that I really loved, unfortunately, there's more that feels overdone, overwritten, and absolutely unrealistic. One thing you can't fault it for, however, is the superb cast and acting.

Some of the dialogue is almost too obvious, at times having answers repeat all the words in the question…just a bad redundancy as though the audience might not comprehend a short answer. These characters are so important in the scheme of each other's lives that everything out of their mouths needs to be so well crafted that it becomes stiff. The delivery, though, is almost consistently superb. Brendan Fraser is great in a rare serious role, the kind of stuff that began his career. Very stoic and deliberate in all he does, you begin to feel for him as the stone façade starts to falter. Due to the story-structure going out of order, we see some of this emotional evolution before the catalyst for it, but once that event occurs, it makes everything before it make more sense and I actually think it was handled well as a result. Even his ability to see the future was utilized in a realistic way that it never felt like a gimmick, just a skill he had and used. The best actor, again as almost always, is Forest Whitaker as a by-the-books successful man who has finally realized that his pristine life is devoid of true happiness. No material needs can fill the void of actually living, whether living wealthy or poorly, it is the act of adventure and excitement that is necessary to enjoy. His final reaction of pure adulation is the best part of the film and it happens about twenty minutes in.

One would think that a story as involving as this would have pretty equal billing for all roles, but that is not true. Whitaker and Kevin Bacon are underused while Fraser is involved at almost every turn. Andy Garcia, however, is the one that stays the most constant throughout. As a hardnosed bookie/gangster, nicknamed "Fingers," Garcia shines, something that usually doesn't occur with him of late. He is good at this type of role and it was nice to see him sink his teeth into it. Even Sarah Michelle Gellar had her moments, although few, to show that maybe she can do more than Scooby-Doo and every year's Japanese horror remake. Mention also needs to go to Clark Gregg in a small, but funny role, and Emile Hirsch as Garcia's nephew, appearing to be a pawn to the plot, but in actuality becomes a role with payoff.

As far as the style went, I can't complain too much. The correlations between each thread is well conceived if not totally contrived to benefit the story. I enjoyed the transitions, especially at the start with multiple layers and progressions. I can't quite recall if that is the only part in which it was used, though. The music was also a help; very Explosions in the Sky-like, the score enhanced each moment it was used. In the end, the film just couldn't keep its bloated, heavy-handed script up. Even utilizing the four emotions as vignette titles (something used similarly in the superior The Dead Girl) was so obvious that it became laughable. Each instance made you know first thing that they will be the exact opposite of that title despite the lead thinking they were—happiness was really depression, pleasure was really regret, sorrow was really vanity, and love was desperation. Every emotion is more of a backhanded overview that is manipulated in order to serve the tale, rather than allowing the tale to serve the emotions that are supposed to be back-boning it.

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