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"Before I Disappear" would be a better movie if would-be triple-threat talent Shawn Christensen got out of his own way.
Before I Disappear is ultimately hampered not by a messy plot but by bland characters who, for the most part, don't so much talk to each other as they monologue at each other.
It has the unfortunate taste of something lean that's been plumped up with empty calories.
"Before I Disappear" wears its big, aching heart on its sleeve with a sincerity so unwavering that it's borderline goofy. And in a film about a burnout bonding with a cute kid, that lack of self-awareness proves critical.
Throughout the movie, you have the feeling of being dragged along on an impromptu journey by a filmmaker who is traveling without the benefit of a GPS device.
It's hard to take hectoring parent Emmy Rossum seriously, and there's too much troubling development tucked into a plot that already feels overextended. A surfeit of last-act explanations doesn't help either.
For all its dark humor and dire situations, Before I Disappear conveys that a little forgiveness and a little time with someone who cares can bring a little hope before it's too late.
This is a humorous, emotional and engrossing film.
The result of this is Before I Disappear, a darkly comic film about love and family with rich characters and an original voice.
Christensen, who not only stars but writes, produces, and directs, does about a dozen things simultaneously that most movies can't get right individually.
Christensen can't settle on a satisfactory tone-mawkish one moment, menacing the next... His movie is so vehement about Richie's redemption that even its bumpy detours are dully predictable.
The self-indulgent screenplay doesn't commit to its quirky deadpan humor and never generates enough narrative momentum to warrant feature expansion.
Excellent. This is such an awesome film. It's heartbreaking, dark, hilarious, and inspiring, all at once. I love Before I Disappear.
The narrative is completely overwrought with unnecessary plot lines and loose ends, but triple-threat Shawn Christensen knows what points to hit hard and hit them hard he does.
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