Second Time Around (2001)
Critic Reviews for Second Time Around
Tell yourself it's OK to be jealous. Go ahead and mock poor Alberto.
[Javier Bardem is] one of the few reasons to watch the film, which director Gerardo Vera has drenched in swoony music and fever-pitched melodrama.
Extremely well acted by the four primary actors, this is a seriously intended movie that is not easily forgotten.
With the film's striking ending, one realizes that we have a long way to go before we fully understand all the sexual permutations involved.
The sort of picture in which, whenever one of the characters has some serious soul searching to do, they go to a picture-perfect beach during sunset.
A Lifetime movie about men.
Audience Reviews for Second Time Around
Although the whole production looks cheap & strange, plus the story twisting looks messy & confusing, it is still one kinda thrilling piece.
A romantic time travel movie that gets a little messy and cheap at times. Ekin plays the title role as a gambler who loses it all but thanks to some mysterious stones gets sent back in time. Once he realizes he is back to 2 days ago before the big Vegas trip he can try to fix everything including returning the money, saving his best friend's life, revenge on the ex-gf, and falling in love with Cheung. The film doesn't dwell too much into the time travel aspect, it's just a plot device to advance the story and draw the characters together, so I wouldn't call this a "sci-fi fantasy" really like the summary above. Not too bad as Ekin plays the typical loner anti-hero but the falling for Cheung comes slowly and in a well thought out manner. A dabbling of gambling action which comes at the end makes for a nice culmination of the movie. Nothing special but okay to pass the time.
This is a strange mix of genres that you do sometimes see a lot of in Hong Kong films. It's partly a romantic comedy, but also more serious than that as well. The end and beginning are fairly serious, the middle is extremely funny in spots, almost slapstick. This movie is entertaining enough to keep your interest with a nice mix of action, drama, romance, and a bit of science fiction.
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