An interesting film to contemplate
This was really quite a good movie, but not necessarily one for
"consumers" of movies not accustomed to dialog between characters, or
those who expect the meaning to reside primarily in the plot. In this
film, the minute details of who is trying to kill the protagonist and
exactly why, is purposely left vague.
This is a character study, and examines the fundamental truth, that
each of us is isolated in the universal moments of their life, such as
death. Simply sharing that moment with someone, confirms the profound
meaning of the human connection.
I also appreciate that this film presents mature actors in an way that
does not reduce them to stereotype. Other cultures, still portray a
broad spectrum of characters in their films, allowing different age
groups and generations to interact in meaningful ways. It's refreshing
to see this in an American film.
In summing up, I think this movie has more meaning for those more than
half-way through their journey in life..
Wretched waste of time
A great film for film students to watch as it's been said one can learn
the most from the most bungled projects. The endless use of trite
symbolism, pointless bits of plot, total lack of character development
make this a mess based on someone's unedited, overloaded psyche.
What might suck you in as it did me, is that Langella and Gould are
fine actors and always interesting to look at. As you get further into
the movie you may find yourself watching to see if the
write's/directors can top themselves with corny, sentimental symbols
and pseudo-deep meaning gobbledegook.
Wow, one of the thugs is watching a movie on TV about blood and horror.
How many times have we seen that f trope? Wow, one of the main
characters likes children....what a heckuva guy! Wow, someone feels
guilty for helping a corporation kill innocents in pursuit of profit
(when does that ever happen in real life?). Elliot Gould and Frank
Langella have cut their credibility in half with me (though everyone
should see him as Nixon) for taking whatever money they took to star in
this thoroughly inept, amateurish tangle..