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A slow-moving misfire, Submergence isn't as deep as it thinks it is -- but still manages to drown its stars in a drama whose admirable ambitions remain almost entirely unfulfilled.
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This is the film of an old man who has retained a humble, almost naive attitude to experience, an awareness there are depths he has left unplumbed. There is something quite moving about this.
The audience is left, then, submerged in two very different movies where the protagonists are going to sink or swim - but unsatisfyingly - not together.
The actors and the filmmaking are seductive enough that Submergence isn't a chore to sit through, but it's not engrossing, either.
Despite the potent raw material at his disposal, Wenders listlessly flips back and forth between the two backdrops, allowing any remaining element of dramatic tension to slowly seep out along the way.
Ms. Dignam's script distills the novel into middlebrow Hollywood treacle.
An objectively bad movie, paradoxically ponderous and pointless.
This is a beautiful, poetic and intelligent film that may be too slow and romantic for those craving the adrenaline shot of the traditional thriller, but I think Wenders fans will find the pace and depth just right.
... make us stuck too, waiting for the pointless ending to arrive.
Handsomely shot and involvingly performed, yet it sometimes functions like its striking but overused graphic matches, diving too deep into obviousness.
Just as the characters finally begin to resonate, and the audience finally begins to feel something for their journey, the closing credits roll.
It's all a bit too literal, and much of the dialogue is stiff and unnatural.
Patience is a quality you need to endure a lot of Wim Wenders' work, and sometimes the payoffs have been terrible. Here, though, is one of his more inclusive and absorbing works that rewards the attention he demands.
It is hard to care about anything here: the cheap love story, the half-baked motivations or the numerous times someone looks at a cell phone and doesn't send a message - and it only works when discussing (yet superficially) the atrocities committed in the worst corners of this planet.
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