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Netflix often throws up some good to great films I haven't heard of. God Bless America, Headhunters, Hacchi. Films worth taking a chance on when they're right there in front of you. Then of course there's the flip side. The films you wish you hadn't stumbled across. Guess which category this belongs in?
To be fair Seven Days starts out not too badly. It seems a harmless, if quaint, little film about a stranded golfer. Now, I was happy to overlook the absurdity of anyone, let alone a professional golfer, being stranded for a week because of a broken car. They could surely have imagined a better reason for him staying but hey ho. We'll let that one slide.
Seven Days has quite a few flaws. The first one is the utterly charmless performance of the lead, Lucas Black. Don't hover on the name. I'm doubting we'll be seeing much of this fella. His vacant performance makes him impossible to empathise with and in one fell swoop I'm out of the movie. But wait! The great Robert Duvall is in it. Surely he can save it? Em, no. Poor Robert Duvall. He looks bored stiff and who can blame him? Acting alongside captain charisma must have been an absolute chore. Ergo Mr Duvall phones in such a sleepy performance it had me questioning whether he was actually ill and loaded up on meds.
So we have a dullard as leading man and a half asleep Mr Duvall. What next? How about cookie cutter supporting characters with such endearing hearts and spirits you wonder if any such place on earth can possibly exist. Then of course the movie reveals it's TRUE intentions. It's not really about golf. Or sport. Or anything for that matter. Why, it's all about the good LORD and how if you follow his will you TOO can be as infallible and loving as these kind folks. The equally awful Book Of Eli pulled a similar stunt.
What absolute nonsense. At least when it was boring it wasn't being offensive. The last half hour though is borderline insulting. Now I suspected, even early on, there was some religious allegory in the movie. I can accept that. Sleight of hand preaching though in a film dressed up as a sporting drama? Shame on the makers. Even more shame on the disgraceful plug for some preachy website at the end. An unforgivable slice of opportunism, even for religious zealots.
Even had Seven Days in Utopia stayed the course as a golfing drama it would have struggled to get out of first gear and remained a 3 star film. It has dull acting, entirely unbelievable characters and far too many clichés to be listed. Doc Hollywood anyone? The religious turn it takes however hammers it firmly into the 1 star category. No Utopia here. Just movie hell.
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