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The premise, a writer takes a drug that unlocks his brain's performance, seems promising. But the script never comes close to the story's potential. The plot is dull at best. Bad guys everywhere. The story's slow pace and limitless repetition are eclipsed only by gratuitous graphic images and scenes. The writing is not only weak, but extremely predictable. The only suspense is the vain hope that the movie will get better. It never does.
I love good stories and great films and quality acting. This film contains none of those elements. Robert De Niro has reached a new low. Such a disappointment. But worse, the screenplay depicts gore and uses language at levels way beyond the PG-13 rating.
The best part of the film is the opening credits. Very cool effects.
In my lifetime I've only walked out on two films. This was the second one. And I shouldn't have wasted as much time as I did.
Maid in Manhattan (2002)
This is a warm-heated story with a predictable plot. It may not be a great film, but but it is good entertainment. And the highlight of the movie may be hidden in a soliloquy, rather than revealed at the end. Every good story offers hope and this film delivers that. Its characters also experience transformation thanks to several easily-overlooked defining moments. So watch and enjoy the film for entertainment. Then watch it again, and again, for the pleasure of discovering the tapestry of truths it contains.
This is every bit as good a film as "The Wedding Planner" and Fiennes portrays a politico who learns the world doesn't revolve around himself. To some that might seem like fantasy, but it doesn't detract from the story. The supporting cast is a delightful menagerie. And perhaps the best role is that of Lionel Bloch, played by Bob Hoskins, who portrayed Smee in "Hook."
This isn't just another chick flick. And guys may need a few Kleenex. They will definitely be glad that Jennifer Lopez didn't wear another dress.