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The Ticket (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 April 2017 (USA)
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A blind man who regains his vision finds himself becoming metaphorically blinded by his obsession for the superficial.

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Grace
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A blind man who regains his vision finds himself becoming metaphorically blinded by his obsession for the superficial.

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Oliver Platt and Peter Mark Kendall both star in Chicago Med See more »

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James: A man prays to God for 50 years. The same prayer every night. "God, please let me win the lottery". Year after year after year after year. "Please God, let me win the lottery". And finally, an angel goes to God and says: "God, this man has been praying so long. Why don't you let him win?" You know what God says? God says: "I'd love to help him out. I'd love to help him out. But he has never bought a lottery ticket".
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Sincerity and a good idea are starting points, but not enough here
15 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

The Ticket (2016)

A serious movie, and sincere. The obvious thrust is the poster lines, and this is no spoiler—a man who has been blind for a decade gains his sight back. The metaphor here (and repeated throughout) is that it's like winning the lottery (hence the title of the film).

Now what?

Slowly (too slowly for most of us) the man goes through several broad phases as he reassesses his world, both personally and physically (viusally) around him. The euphoria, the wanting more, the doubts, the challenges, each section is simple (to the point of simplistic, I think) but heartfelt. The leading character (played by Dan Stevens) is compelling enough as a regular guy swept up with things bigger than most of us encounter.

It's maybe unfair to say this isn't enough—but it isn't. It's a lot, but there needs to be other layers, complications of plot, but also nuances of feeling that someone in this situation would experience. It would not and could not be an easy arc from one zone to another. Disruption should be really ruinous and ecstatic, not a dull slow ride.

Also, and an odd comment but needed to be made—the audio is weird. A lot of the film is murmured, as if people are conversing their inner best. But much of the time a gentle music also plays and it's just plain hard to hear! Mood triumphs over content, but it's not enough.


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