Reviewed bymifunesamuraiVote: 7/10/10
After watching this I really wanted to read the book, only because itwas pretty decent, which means the book must be worth a read! It's avery dry melodic somber piece where characters are going through themotions of a placid existence, until the Universe creates a littlechain of events that has a purpose to one's being. Yes, it's that kindof movie that keeps the mind ticking through the whole duration, andreally does not give away too many answers, allowing the viewer toindulge in their own fantasy mindset and reasons.
Yeah, I know, another schmaltzy piece about life after death and thewhole damn thing. But this one really downplays it. The tone and speedof this movie will not elate the majority, but then again, beingamongst the majority can sometimes be bland and plain narrow-minded.
Yelchin is perfectly cast, toning it down a notch for his melancholycharacter. Zooey is literally angelic, and Langella adds anothermystery level. Even the supporting cast played into the wry tone ofthis neat little production.
Reviewed byAdam_West_as_BatdanVote: 6/10/10
This movie is a bit hard to explain, as it often jump back and forwardsin time and tbh even after finishing it I think many (including myself)will struggle a bit to figure out what the movie was actually about.
But sometimes the destination is not what's important but the journeythere is as they say, and the movie for the more-part entertains withmostly quirky abstract dialogue that could only exist in a movie (or anovel of which this movie is based on), often with a very dry sense ofhumor.
The first half is pretty stellar, the second half halters a bit gets abit uneven and there are a lot of loose ties that remain untied evenafter the credits start rolling.
But it was still worth watching and it's nice to see Zoeey Deschanel insomething new and the rest of the cast does fine as well.
Reviewed byGordon-11Vote: /10
This film tells the story of a young man who is in love with a victimof arson. He finds a bag of cash, and his life becomes complicatedbecause the crooks who own the cash come after him in the quiet smalltown.
The plot summary sounds interesting on paper, but unfortunately thefilm is not at all interesting. It feels like a bunch of incompletejigsaw pieces being forced together. I don't quite care for any of thecharacters, even Zooey Deschanel's character who is a victim of arson.There's no thrill suspense even when crooks hunt Pierre down. Events inthe film are muted, and the film is pretty uneventful and nonhappening. There's no connection between the characters themselves orwith the viewers. What is the point of the story? I find it boring andforgettable.
Pierre Hunter (Anton Yelchin), a bartender with unyielding optimism, returns to his tiny hometown after his parents' death. When he falls for the enigmatic Stella (Zooey Deschanel), Pierre is unknowingly pulled into a cat-and-mouse game that involves a duffel bag full of cash, a haphazard yet determined criminal (John Hawkes), and a mystery that will determine all of their fates. With Alia Shawkat, Frank Langella, Aubrey Plaza, and Ciarán Hinds. Zachary Sluser's film, based on the novel by Tom Drury, is a contemporary fable about the ways we struggle to control time and fate in a possibly predetermined universe.