I Am (2011)
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I AM, a prismatic and probing exploration of our world, what's wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better, represents Tom Shadyac's first foray into non-fiction following a career as one of Hollywood's leading comedy practitioners, with such successful titles as "Ace Ventura," "Liar Liar," and "Bruce Almighty" to his credit. I AM recounts what happened to the filmmaker after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged a
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Whatever leaps of logic yawn in the film's poorly cobbled-together arguments are papered over by its wash of button-pushing images, from regimented soldiers and deadly explosions to flocks of wild geese and sunbeams breaking through the clouds.
I Am is looking for a little bit of hope in this world. Happily, it finds some. A great deal actually.
Happily, the frisky Shadyac does not sermonize. He is a puckish Sherpa to the frontiers of science and faith.
Unfortunately, while Shadyac the person may have gone through a life-altering transformation, Shadyac the director hasn't improved much.
a sweet movie, but an extremely slight one that seems not to notice the banality of its no doubt profoundly felt, anti-materialist worldview ...
Looking for proof that humans are hard-wired for compassion and altruism? Look no further.
Despite some beautiful travel photography from cameraman Roko Belic and swift editing by Jennifer Abbott, "I Am" remains a personal diary that leaves the casual moviegoer out of the experience.
I believe Shadyac had a meaningful epiphany. I'm not sure it's that meaningful for the rest of us.
The truth is that Shadyac's dumb comedies have probably done a lot more to bring happiness to humanity.
It's hard to decide what rankles most: what an astonishing monument to Shadyac's self-absorption I Am is, or how flat-out bad -- incompetent, even -- the filmmaking is.
A well-intentioned documentary that is just too unfocused, scattered, and philosophically thin to matter.
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