Review Date: February 21, 2000
Director: John Frankenheimer
Writer: Ehren Kruger
Producers: Bob Weinstein, Marty Katz, Chris Moore
Ben Affleck as Rudy
Charlize Theron as Ashley
Gary Sinise as Gabriel
So the actors were are all pretty good, the film started with an intriguing shot (Five dead bloody Santa suits spread across old man winter), and it even included a couple of neat twists and turns. So what went wrong? Unfortunately, the film on the whole just runs along with a little humor here and there, a little bit of pseudo-romance, which actually drags the film down especially at the very beginning, a little bit of action and an even smaller bit of suspense. All in all, nothing to majorly crow about, but certainly a film which I would have had no problem recommending to people who liked Theron or Affleck, like "winter" movies and Christmas songs and didn't mind suspending their disbelief every now and again. But unfortunately for Frankenheimer and crew, they decided to finish the movie off with one of the most absurd endings that I've seen in a while. So whatever little recommendation there was left in me by that point disappeared along with all sense of reality in the script. Of course, to each his own, and God knows every single one of us has our own barometer of far-fetchedness, so who knows, maybe you won't mind the ending so much. But as much as my buddy and I tried to make sense of the cards that we were dealt during this film's final moments, it was obvious that neither one of us could pretend that any of it made much sense.
An okay movie...with a laughable ending.