While traveling from California to Bangor through a lonely road, Carrie Mitchel is advised by the gas station attendant Jimmy to rest in a hotel; however, she decides to continue driving ... See full summary »
The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
On April 8, 2000, aspiring artist Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) became a victim of a violent assault when five men beat him up and left him for dead. Following the attack, Mark was left with little to no memory of his previous life due to brain damage inflicted by his attackers. In a desperate attempt to regain his memories, Hogancamp constructs a miniature World War II village called Marwen in his yard to help in his recovery. Unfortunately, Mark's demons come back to haunt him when he's asked to testify against the five men that attacked him..
Deja Thoris, one of the characters in the movie, shares her name with a main character from Edgar Rice Burroughs series of books about John Carter, Warlord of Mars. See more »
Mark tells Nicol dolls cannot close their eyes. Yet there are some instances later on where Nichol has her eyes closed. See more »
[teaching Mark how to walk again]
One foot in front of the other. You got it, Mark. You got...
[Mark stumbles and falls]
It hurts like hell!
Relax, Mark, you got to embrace that pain. You've got love the pain. The pain is a rocket fuel.
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This film may have less in common with the documentary it's based on than what many were expecting. I suspect this may be a primary reason for the less than glowing audience response.
I had seen the documentary prior to screening this film and, like others, struggled (at least initially) with recalibrating to Zemeckis's vision for this tale. For the record, if you haven't seen the documentary yet, i'd suggest waiting until after you've seen this film. The two films, while being based on the same story, differ significantly. The theatrical, quasi-fictional, version probably goes down way easier when preceded with little or no expectations.. and having seen, and potentially enjoyed, this quasi-fictional version first, it may also heighten the satisfaction of documentary film it's based on.
Had I been able to, I'd have given it a 6.5 based largely on the performances and overall production value.. unfortunately, I couldn't.. and my gut assures me it probably isn't a 7.
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