Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Released: 1993
Reviewed: 11.14.09
Star rating: 3 out of 5

Jeff Bridges (Max), Isabella Rossellini (Laura), Rosie Perez (Carla), Tom Hulce (Brillstein), John Turturro (Dr. Perlman), Benicio Del Toro (Manny).

When Max survives a plane crash and helps a few others survive as well he is a changed man and hailed as a hero. But when Max decides maybe he is immortal his behavior becomes dangerous and strange. And when he befriends fellow survivor Carla at behest of Dr. Perlman, he puts his marriage and family at risk.

This one kicks off pretty well with some action up front then jumps right into plot development, growing the characters throughout the film. After the crash Max seems convinced he is either dead or immortal but spends his time trying to convince others to live. A journey of self-discovery, at times he almost seems to realize he is doing the wrong things but then convinces himself he isn't. In the emotional ending, he makes some final discoveries but for me it just didn't tie the movie together very well.

Acting was good by Bridges and Perez and they seemed to have an interesting chemistry. Rossellini was mixed seeming somewhat detatched at times. Turturro was interesting as always, as was Del Toro.

Camera work, sets and backgrounds were all good and consisten with the overall theme of the film. Sound and dialogue were also good though there wasn't anything profound.

Overall I just didn't feel the impact from this film that I see in a lot of other reviews. It was good, and it was interesting, but not as revealing as I expected. I put this one about the middle of the road as far as dramas go, with both better and worse films out there.

With some foul language and disturbing plane crash scenes, save this for older teens and above.

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