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Not a great movie, but you get something out of it, definitely.
Basically, I share the opinion of a local newspaper in my town: for a Hollywood movie to tell a story about two very real people, two all the more everyday-people as their lives and consciences are neither pure nor desperately soiled, AND getting through it quite decntly - well, that's something.
I also will agree on a couple of things said by mattymatt4ever (now that's a long screen-name to type): Jackson is just a-ma-zing, maybe I've never seen him that good, because it's so far from his accustomed turf. I can't stand Ben Affleck, but he deserves a little credit here, though I can't help thinking he just lacks presence. Maybe it serves his character, ok. Haven't checked from where I know her, but definitely Amanda Peet does make a moment out that dinner. Which, now I think about it, is one of the few better filmed sequences.
Yeah, I can hear screams... but I thought the photography was terrible. Boring or distracting (those hand-held cameras made me sea-sick, although I can understand they where intended to induce life, nervousness, stress. Just doesn't work, for me). And the the film just barely makes it across, because there's not a lot of inspiration in the direction either. I rarely think that - and sometimes it can serve the plot - but that's tv-movie in Panavision.
God, I was so glad to see William Hurt who is such a marvelleous actor. Please, you people who can, give him some part worth of him!!!
So bottom line: go see it, there ARE ideas in there to make you think.
And take a moment to read the review by mattymatt4ever which inspired mine and who'll get a copy.
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