Leonard: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there? Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different. Now...where was I?
Flightplan may seem like a mysterious and intriguing thriller at first, but as the film progresses, it become more and more predictable. Yes it's a little different being set on an aeroplane and yes, it does offer some tense moments, but we can all tell where the film is going. The psychological edge to the film is definitely what it has going for it, yet this aspect isn't as prominent as it should be; developing Foster's character in this way would have made the film far more intriguing and chilling. But there's no doubt it'll hold your attention for the time you'll spend watching it, but it is undeniably a forgettable experience, nothing special.
Adaptation is a stunningly original film in that it almost redefines what a film can actually be. The elements of metafiction make this film an intelligent and complex drama about the creation of the film itself. It's the kind of intelligence that is subtle; Adaptation doesn't go out of the way to tell you specifically that it is complex and smart, it's almost humble which makes the film far more likeable and watchable. For that reason, the screenplay is very well written and translates on screen excellently. Cage is also worthy of praise, playing the roles of both Charlie and Donald Kaufman, managing to give convincing and realistic portrayals of two very different characters. The film is also filled with satire and black comedy, making Adaptation an enjoyable experience as well as a thought provoking and inspirational piece of visual art.
Déjà Vu is an ambitious attempt at a sci-fi thriller and it isn't half bad. The concept of the film is innovative and Denzel Washington gives a great performance - he takes detective work to a whole new level! However the film places obvious hints to the ending, making it incredibly predictable. Despite this, the climactic action sequences are well shot and incredibly tense which act as some sort of payoff. The implausible aspect of the film is the "Snow White" program; an intelligent mind raises questions but they are never answered. Ironically, this over-complicated film makes you dumb yourself down in order to understand what's going on.