Saw this on 19/10/16
peter Weir's film is good on parts wherein it is mostly gripping for most of its running time while it remains flat so as to abide by the rules of morality. Jeff Bridges and the rest of the cast is good in this film.
After a man survives a plane crash, he is hailed as a hero because he lead several other survivors to safety. This has a negative effect on his personality though and he then meets another survivor who lost her baby in the disaster.
The movie has great character development as we get to know more about Max and Carla. The movie makes us care for them and we get to experience their change throughout the film. This movie has the tendency to catch you off guard and it can surprise you're least expecting it.
Probably the most memorable scene is the plane crash scene. It is frighteningly realistic. It shows the force of the wind and Earth ripping apart the aircraft. It is a horrifying scene and a horrifying memory which changed the characters life forever. It is a scene that will stick with you long after viewing it.
This movie isn't perfect though. There are a few moments where the movie can be slow and a bit too long but other that, it's an underrated gem which will stick with you for a long time.
Brilliant, one-of-a-kind script goes where I've never seen one go before or since. It plums the depth of survivor's guilt with compassion, authenticity, clarity and an understanding that's unmatched.
Highly emotional but incredibly rewarding.
Bridges is a marvel, supported by a perfect cast, but Rosie Perez is the heart of the film as a young mother who is in the throws of grief over losing her child.
Her scene of walking through a mall feeling invisible - that was revelatory to me.
All this, and the ever elegant Isabella Rossellini adds Grace and earnestness as the supportive yet neglected wife, and the surprisingly well timed comedy relief by Tom Hulse keeps this from getting maudlin or dour.
If you can handle the intricacies of the subject matter, this is a movie the doctor might order for those needing to deal w a dark place, survivor's guilt, rage, PTSD, or for me, numbness - this is your movie.
The traumatic ending brings a light to that darkness, that confusion, that numb place.
A stunner, not to be missed.
5 out of 5