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Imagine Dragons: I Bet My Life (2014)

It's not his life flashing before his eyes, but a wild metaphysical adventure that takes a young man from the bottom of the lake and soaring up into the skies.

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Jonathan Desbiens (as Jodeb)
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The beginning and end of the video take place at the Salt River in Arizona. A car is shown driving to the river. The occupants turn out to be the members of Imagine Dragons, and their relatives and friends. Somewhere else at the river, a boy in a shirt (Dane DeHaan) and a boy in overalls (Alex Neustaedter) are fighting at the waterbed. While walking away, Neustaedter eventually pushes DeHaan into the river, and it is implied that DeHaan swims away, while the former stares in shock. DeHaan is pulled towards a dam, in which he is sucked in. He lands in a house, and looks out the window and finds everything underwater. He finds a bed and goes to sleep. The next morning, DeHaan finds himself in a sailboat, and takes control of it. He tries unsuccessfully to avoid a waterfall, but ends up flying over the land in the boat when he goes over the waterfall. While looking over the boat, he decides to flip it over. He falls into a city, and a crowd is shown carrying him. They toss and turn him, ... Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Impressive and proving that clips still aren't a dying art
17 November 2015 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

From the series "happiest accidents on the net". I was looking for something else, can't remember what it was, and the search bar had a Dane DeHaan still with this clip. I went ahead and wasn't disappointed. "Imagine Dragons: I Bet My Life" presents DeHaan going through extraordinary adventures after fighting with some guy downriver.

The clip is visually stunning with the performer of Harry Osborn and Lucien Carr (just to mention a few of his great stellar career) going from a drowning that doesn't kill him, with the river taking him to a house under water then changing it to a boat, and when the danger seems to come his way, there's the boat flying with grace. He eventually goes back to where it all started but with some change.

Imagination and creativity is the name of the game in this clip, and writer/editor/director Jonathan Desbiens has a full hand with those artifacts. The real imagery is powerful and again stunning, but the metaphor he uses bringing topics of faith, hope and courage amidst ordeals and difficult changes is the one that resonates with more impact, it's a solid ground. You go with the flow, whatever it takes you. The song lyrics reflect a little about it despite its more romantic tone. Though not much my style, gotta admit that it stays with you for a while due to its catchy chorus (the bridge sounds a lot better, IMHO).

I'm not much into going to extremes but you can definitely bet your life in this short film. The coolest thing ever these days. 9/10


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