Aurora Borealis (2006)
Critic Consensus: Deeply reminiscent of other, better films, Aurora Borealis nonetheless succeeds on the strength of winning performances from Sutherland and Jackson.
as Duncan Shorter
as Ronald Shorter
as Ruth Shorter
as Mr. Gunderson
as Hamit Arfaya
as Mrs. Hollerich
as Hardware Employee
as Paul Westerberg
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Critic Reviews for Aurora Borealis
Seems designed to reward Jackson with his biggest adult part to date, though it doesn't give the Vancouver, B.C., native a lot to work with.
Good Will Hunting but in the Midwest and minus the tortured math genius, psychological breakthroughs, and convincing local color.
Every bromide, plot twist and stock character arrives right on time and, to give director James Burke his due, function as well as they ever have.
A sensitive and touching story about a distressed family and the emotional glue that holds it together.
Most successful in capturing the emotional elements of its story, the film relies on its excellent cast to balance out sketchily drawn characters and the unfortunate obviousness of its plot.
Audience Reviews for Aurora Borealis
A good script, well performed by a really good cast...including Juliette Lewis (I say this even though I am not a fan). I was very impressed with Joshua Jackson, and Donald Sutherland in this film. The main plot deals with mortality, growing old, and the love of family...all with a touch of saddness, and humor together. Nice movie.
I really liked this movie and I feel kinda bad because it doesn't really play like a very happy story and not at all similar the stuff I usually enoy.
I have a son named Duncan and I saw a LOT of similarities between this character, Duncan, and my son, Duncan and that made me kind of uncomfortable.
I thought it was going to be really predictable but things didn't play out in this film in quite the way I thought they would (or should?) and that was a nice change. Gotta love Hollywood ~
I never really cared much for Juliette Lewis but she did a great job with this role. Josh Jackson was very believable as Duncan. Donald Sutherland was every bit the character he portrayed, almost to the point of being scary real. I thought Louise Fletcher was a good choice for his wife but she seemed a little more detached than was believable for me personally.
I had bought this movie to watch whenever and I'm glad I did. I am pretty sure there are parts and nuances I missed the first time that I'll pick up in repeated watchings. I'm sure. The overall message in this movie is hope and that is a VERY good thing! I LOVED the ending too ~
Great casting! Best movie I have seen Joshua Jackson in since the Mighty Ducks. Donald Sutherlnad gives a grand performance I had ever seen him down.
A story of a young man that holds on to his past too much to leave and see what is outside of the town he grew up in. It takes his grandfather (Sutherland) and his physical nurse (Lewis) to open his eyes of what is keeping him from leaving. A real, and great, realationship between the the grandfather and Duncan. A MUST SEE MOVIE!
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