Review Date: October 27, 2001
Director: Iain Softley
Writer: Charles Leavitt
Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin
Kevin Spacey as Prot
Jeff Bridges as Dr. Powell
Mary McCormack as Rachel Powell
I enjoyed this movie because it pulled me in really quick, dropped some hints here and there, but didn't provide for any real specific clues until the very end. Many people apparently didn't like the ending because it doesn't hand you the solution on a silver platter, but I was satisfied all the same, in fact, I appreciated its open-endedness. It's meaningful, it allows for introspection and is ambiguous enough to let anyone come up with their own theory and it works. On the downside, the film did feel a little too long, Mary McCormack's (I love you...call me!) character was highly underdeveloped and the whole loony bin shtick was not the most original concept ever developed in a motion picture. But the two lead men clicked, and the mystery of the stranger drove the story forward in entertaining manner. So is it a great movie? Certainly not. Does it suck? Not really. It's a middle-of-the-road film with a nice message that should give its audience some pause for reflection and an enjoyable evening. It also features yet another amazing slow-motion shot of Jeff Bridges running (with his hair flopping in the wind) and I think that we can all agree on the fact that, that alone, should be enough to fork over any entrance fee to see this movie. Bridges...how do you do it?