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Drawn out predictable painful bore, complete with continual whining violin background music.
Having just watched Lost In Translation and having lived in Japan for 15 years(and I only came here on vacation !) I can say that it kinda gives you a glimpse of Japanese life.
On the surface, this movie doesn't seem so special, but somehow or other I became engrossed in this couple's relationship. And that's why Coppola got her award. The story kind of pulls you in. I thought the last scene's inaudible whisper was a nice touch. What do you think he said to her ? Something that seemed to make them both happy.
Some good photography and some pretty good music at times, although the quirky editing (done for effect, I presume) falls down at times.
It's always worth checking out movie reviews before spending your bucks at the cinema. I usually make it a rule.
But yesterday, I arrived too late for Mystic River and thought I'd take a chance with Paycheck, which has just opened here in Japan. I just had time to grab a ticket and a coke.
Imagine my disappointment, when soon after settling down in my seat, I saw it was a purveyor to the brain dead John Woo concoction.
How much of this drivel does Hollywood have to make ? How many times do we have to endure "super professional" baddies unable to hit a target that any 12-year-old in a video game center would have no problem with and have to try to believe it ?
Ludicrous car chases.
Unbelievably hackneyed plots: girl and boy team vs. evil villains. Jesus Christ, gimme a break !
This is what Hollywood foists not only on American audiences but also on blank audiences all over the planet. That's Hollywood: sift through the 95% drivel to search for the 5% gold.
John Woo...give me my money back !
4.09 a.m. Wednesday 17 th., March 2004 Osaka, Japan