Jada Pinkett Smith
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.
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