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Ripple Effect (2007)
It's all there, but it just feels off...
It's definitely not a straight forward Hollywood movie, and something you'd expect when you see the names of the cast members. Ripple Effect is a movie that tries to show the audience how random events and the way people deal with these events form their lives and influences the way they live.
The way the movie was edited however did not bring out this goal as it could have done. If you're up for a slow passed movie, and you're not necessarily looking for a typical clear-cut movie, it's worth the watch. You might not get a lot of satisfaction right after the ending, but it does give you a lot to think about, and many parts of the story are really solid. Spoilers ahead...
The main story evolves around Amer Atrash, an immigrant who runs a successful clothing line business, and Philip, a man who was on his way to kill his girlfriend, but who's life changed completely when he was hit one night by Amer's car 15 years ago and got paralyzed from the waist down.
The movie tries to bring it their stories, and they way these events shaped their lives together near the end. Both men lived their lives burdened by what happened and what could have happened. Something that became a important part of Philip's life, and part of his teachings and writing (Ripple Effect).
Unfortunately, all this came way too late in the movie, was rushed and not build up just quite right. The first half of the movie was spent on the story of financial problems Amer's company was having and how this effected his daily life, marriage and daughter. Although it was all part of it, it didn't fit with the essence of the story, and made the audience wonder where the story was even going.
Other examples of this where his Billionaire friend, the kid at the party, the wives sister, etc. It was all there, an on itself not that wrong, but it just didn't fit in the story and just made it feel all wrong. If they'd had made the main theme more apparent and would have linked all the parts together in a better way, the effect of the movie would have been much greater.
Now, you can only appreciate all the different parts of the movie; situations of people which were all believable, plausible and well acted, instead of appreciate the story as a whole, because it was just off. And that's too bad.