Just as God seems to be playing with Jeff Bridges, Fearless plays with its viewers in just about every conceivable way. You can learn to love characters who you hated just five minutes before. You can take their completely irrational decisions, turn them over in your head and realize that maybe they were thinking about it more than you were aware. You can see people do stupid things that completely touch you. Just as Jeff Bridges's life gets flipped around, so too will your perceptions.
Fearless is a really great movie because of that; because it can jerk you around and not make you feel at all cheated. Compared to The Game, which I watched yesterday and which left me feeling completely robbed, this movie is so rational and realistic in its madness; it is totally believable. It's not a question of whether the writing, the acting or the cinematography contribute to this...because it's simply all three. Fearless is almost perfectly harmonized. Though it is fatally underappreciated and unheard of, it doesn't make it any less great. This is a look at human emotion on a completely different, unique level. Peter Weir outdid himself with this one.