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Reign Over Me
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10.24.2007 By: Sturdy
Reign Over Me order
Director:
Mike Binder

Actors:
Adam Sandler
Don Cheadle
Jada Pinkett Smith

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A man runs across his old college buddy on the streets of New York. After taking time to track him down, he learns that he has been devastated by the loss of his family on 9/11. He takes the time to help him, but finds out that his buddy can help him just as much.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I can imagine reading the script for REIGN OVER ME and thinking how hard it would be to make it into a film. The filmmakers need two very talented actors, a sensitivity to 9/11 and a focus to the message their trying to get across. I think these guys had all of these things on paper, but on the big screen, it just didnít come out right.

There are a couple of glaring problems with the film, but the first is a lack of focus. Obviously, the relationship between the two main characters is the focal point, but there are too many side stories that distract from that relationship. For example, thereís a side plot concerning Don Cheadleís character receiving advancements from another woman. This took up a decent amount of time, but in the end did nothing for the film. In fact, it distracted from the theme of the movie and took the focus off of what the filmmakers were trying to say.

However, what they were trying to say is a little more muddled than that. Even without the unnecessary side plots, the audience gets confused as to what the film is trying to say. I donít know what the original goal was, but after watching it, I can tell you what it should have been; a story about one man moving on and rebuilding his life and that providing the inspiration for the other man to appreciate what he has. Thatís a good film and a good message, but like I said, it gets lost in the traffic in REIGN OVER ME.

With that said, I will admit that I criedÖjust a little. The entire film is built up for Adam Sandler to give a monologue on what exactly happened on 9/11 and when it finally hits, you canít help but get choked up. Speaking of Sandler, heís a talented actor and he did a fine job, but every role of his has a little bit of Billy Madison in it. I was a little disappointed with the usually amazing Don Cheadle. He seemed to be going through the motions on this one and didnít add the depth to the character that he normally does.
THE EXTRAS
Jam Sessian With Adam and Don (4:41): This ďjamĒ session was pretty worthless until they started trying to sing, which made it humorous. It is what it says it is and if you like these two guys and music, you may dig this.

Behind the Reign (16:31): This was Mike Binder explaining the movie between movie scenes. It wasnít quite as boring as it sounds, but there were too many scenes. Itís a somber featurette given the movieís premise, but this gives a little bit more information than what we saw in the film.

There are also some Previews and a Still montage
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I donít think the film will provide quite the emotional tug that most people will be expecting. It loses its focus several times and gets a little lost with the varying messages. However, it might be worth a rental if youíre in the mood for a slightly depressing drama.
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