August 8, 2011
A lesson in morality here. Even I was torn between right and wrong at the end of this...and I consider myself a rather good, moral person. Well done. Great acting by all. Dermot Mulroney was fantastic.
February 22, 2011
A couple goes to dangerous lengths to find a lung donor for their daughter.
Great Film! Acting was really good from everyone and the story is just gut wrenching and even though it's been done before but never from this perspective/angle. This movie might be short on run time but it illustrates this sort of organ trafficking very well as it would have been longer. Easy to the eyes and compelling yet informative.This is the type of film that 10 years ago would have owned the box office but today, they're a gamble. Unless you stick a product name like Russel Crowe or Tom Cruise in it, it's hard to say which way it will go. It also reminds me of how the grading curve has changed due to the collage of genres we know get in a single film which is probably one of many reasons films are now so often struggling at the box office. Wicked ending!
In the thriller drama Inhale, up and coming District Attorney Paul Stanton (Dermot Mulroney) is a family man who has built a solid reputation for defending the law. Now in the middle of prosecuting a high-profile sex offender case, he tries to remain focused although he has serious problems of his own.
Paul and his wife Diane (Diane Kruger) have one daughter, Chloe (Mia Stallard), who has been diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease. She needs a double lung transplant, but there are many patients ahead of her on the waiting list for donors.
But when news arrives that Chloes condition has worsened, Dr. Rubin (Rosanna Arquette), tells them that it is beyond their ability to save Chloe's life, but she also tells them that if they have money, there is another way for them to find a lung donor.
Stunned with the possibility of having to break the law to save their daughter's life, Paul, contacts his friend James Harrison (Sam Shepard) for advice. Harrison tells him that he has information about a mysterious Dr. Navarro (Vincent Perez) who performs transplants in Tijuana, Mexico, but warns him that pursuing this course could cost him everything; his reputation, career and possibly even his life as well as the life of his daughter.
Confused and frantic, Paul and Diane decide to take the risk to find this doctor if there is a chance they can save Chloes life. Their journey takes them across the border to Mexico and into the dangerous territory of the underworld. Paul's search brings him face to face with the corrupt police officer Aguilar (Jordi Mollá) and the discovery that Dr. Navarro is connected to an illegal organ harvesting operation where the donors are in reality victims. Paul finds himself caught in a desperate situation of choosing between saving the life of his daughter or exposing the criminal activity that could save the lives of hundreds of children.
September 22, 2010
A interesting movie with a good performance from the ever underrated Dermot Mulroney. The movie runs along at a steady pace and as a powerful story to tell.
In the end it leave you with the question of would you do the same for a love one or your children. It was this that mad the impact for me and stayed with me for a while..
Diane Kruger was great but not use enough!!
May 13, 2012
A competently made action thriller. Its main problem is that the story is far-fetched and not a bit plausible, and tends to go over the top. Had the emphasis been made on the story rather than the action aspect, it would have been a much better movie. As it is, it's an entertaining but forgettable action flick.
October 20, 2010
intense and powerful drama about a family looking 4 lungs 4 their daughter and 'organ tourism' in a 'babel'-like style
December 2, 2010
I did not see this ending coming. The cast was great in this and made it worth the time to watch this sad story.
March 29, 2011
The film kicks off with a bang and you dont know what to expect. it ends up being very much like a combination between extraordinary measures and taken. the film was quite realistic with authentic setting and actors that played the roles perfectly. storyline is quite sad and touching but at the same time becomes a little bit facked up. all in all, it sure gives mexico a bad reputation. are the events based off real occurances or is it all made up?
October 9, 2014
well... I didn't see the end coming.
June 13, 2013
An interesting and quick thriller that attempts to expose the black market of organ transplants. Dermot Mulroney, although not spectacular, put forth a watchable performance while almost carrying this film single-handedly. In a film that does a good job showing the moral dilemmas a father faces and the great lengths one will go, it somehow feels incredibly thin and lackluster. In may have something to do with the incredibly limited runtime. A great ending leaves it at -- 7/10.
December 9, 2012
Roteiro raso. Perda de tempo.
September 21, 2012
Right after Inhale ended, I declared that it was a failure. How could it end like that? How could these people go through this journey, only to conclude in that way? I thought about it for a while and determined that my conclusion (it's a failure) was correct, but not in the decision one character made in the end, but how the build-up to that decision wasn't presented to us well within the film.
Obviously, I can't tell you how Inhale ends, but I'll tell you that it involves a moral choice. The choice that the character ends up picking doesn't make sense given the way that he's been shown to us up until this point, and then comes from out of nowhere. I was initially mad at the decision, but taking a step back made me realize it wasn't at the decision -- it was at the film for not allowing me to understand why that decision was made.
The plot revolves around a family who, in the film;s opening scene, has withdrawn all of the money in their bank accounts and are preparing for some sort of trip. As it turns out, only the father, Paul (Dermot Mulroney) is going to be leaving. His wife, Diane (Diane Kruger), and daughter, Chloe (Mia Stallard) are going to be staying home in America. He's going to Mexico in order to locate a man named Dr. Navarro who supposedly can be bribed in order to get to the top of an organ transplant list. See, Chloe's lungs are degenerating, and the American health system isn't getting her the help she needs.
For the first half of the film, our story is told in a non-linear fashion, switching back between the events leading up to the decision to head ot Mexico, and the actual trip. The flashback storyline is essentially telling us how the couple figured out that Dr. Navarro even existed, while the present plot shows us the roadblocks that he has to get through in order to locate the man possibly willing to perform the surgery needed to save Chloe's life.
In Mexico, Paul encounters a lot of things that he doesn't expect or plan for. He has a lot of money, sure, and he's willing to spend it, but gang members, corrupt police officers, street kids with guns, and uncooperative people end up delaying his trip. He was hoping for a quick in and out, but he ends up having his life endangered far more frequently than is comfortable. Remember that his daughter's lung could collapse at any moment, as she has already reached the final stage of degeneration. Every second should count, but because of all of these obstacles, he is nowhere as fast as he'd like to be.
He is determined, which plays to his advantage. Unfortunately, his daughter's life is the only thing that drives him forward in life, leading to a boring character to follow around for the better part of 90 minutes. There is nothing else to this guy. He wants to save his daughter, and doesn't have time for anything else. I get that, but it's not fun to spend time with someone like that. His wife is the same, despite not having anything to do other than make sure Chloe doesn't get excited or stressed out (that can lead to lung failure).
Actually, she has no excuse, and also serves no purpose except to not make Paul look like a bad father by leaving his terminally ill daughter with a babysitter. She ultimately doesn't factor into the equation at all -- she's stuck at home while Paul does the real hero and detective work -- and her character is just as bland despite having no reason to be. If some humanity were to be introduced into the film, it should have come from her, or from Paul as he struts the streets of Mexico and encounters all of the poverty that's down there.
There's even a point during Inhale when he's shown how many sick people are in just one clinic that are going to die because the supplies to treat them aren't available. But because he's driven to figure out a way to save his daughter, he doesn't take more than a cursory glance. Tie that in, and we might have an interesting character, as well as an ending that makes more sense to the viewer. But because of the single motivating factor, a golden opportunity is missed by the filmmakers.
However, I am reminded of the idea that if a film manages to make you feel that kind of emotion, it must have at least done a partially good job. I suppose it's true that over the course of the film, Paul's determination allowed his character to grow on me. But upon reflection, like I said, it wasn't the events in the film that angered me, but the way the filmmakers went about presenting them. In this case, I don't think that it can be attributed to good filmmaking that caused the emotional stir.
Inhale is a wasted opportunity. It's fairly involving for most of the time it plays, but the way that the ending is both set-up and executed left me stunned and angry. Not because of the character and decision that was made, like I initially thought, but because the filmmakers didn't create a cause-and-effect chain to lead us to that conclusion. It simply goes from one point, which dominates most of the film to the end, which comes almost out of nowhere. It's not a bad film, but it needed key scenes changed in order to make the ending work and not undermine the entire effort.
August 29, 2012
Absorbing film and has a great twist
January 15, 2012
The Story is quite good.
|Rudy Maximilian III||
June 29, 2011
Pffffew. Though well-acted, this is a draggingly slow pretentious and preachy movie that was preceded by and promoted with a misleading trailer. Of course the subject matter is important. Of course the theme is heavy and controversial. But would an American father who went through hell and back to get his dying daughter donor lungs from a shady Mexican organization have second thoughts in the end? Hell no. Politically correct and admirable of course. Believable? No.
April 14, 2011
A great movie, well done..
Acting is super, story, action, suspense.
a pretty heavy film addressing some serious facts and emotions..
April 9, 2011
An alright movie, that is sad and makes you wonder and realize what is really going on. I thought the movie dragged on quite a bit more than it should have, but thats just my opinion. Overall a good movie that will leave you asking the question....'What would you do if you were in that situation?'
April 8, 2011
Yes, human organ trafficking is immoral and there are a thousand reasons why it is illegal. Can a movie get any more preachy? Other than that, decent flick to pass the time.
February 10, 2011
going organ-vacationing with Bridget von Hammersmark
January 29, 2011
powerful film, surprising gut punch ending