Review Date: October 18, 2002
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Writer: Stephen Gaghan
Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum
And if you were to ask me what was really happening, I wouldn't really have much of an answer for you either. You see, there was this really annoying, pretentious, arrogant asshole who seems to have disappeared and I'm supposed to give a shit because the screenplay tells me to? I wanted this Val Kilmer/Heath Ledger wannabe to die a slow, painful death. I'm glad he disappeared! The man had about as much depth as my 6th grade poetry assignments. So the director decides to "spice up" the lame storyline by tossing in as many flashback sequences as you can manage before taking the audience completely out of a story, and then bring us back into real time, only to have another uninteresting kid disappear (a poor man's Ryan Gosling) and lead to yet another dull investigation. I'm going through the plot points here because that's what bothered me the most about this movie. I just didn't care. I didn't care about the story, I didn't care about Katie Holmes' plight, I didn't care about every single man in the movie who seemingly wanted to bang her (including her shrink), I didn't care about the "name" co-stars, all of whom shared a similar trait of being one-dimensional and I didn't care about what happened to any of them. None of it was aided by the fact that the film had some badly "written" dialogue, too many close-ups, a forgettable soundtrack and an unreal college environment, in which almost no students were ever around, except when there was a party (then again...maybe that is pretty realistic!).
By the way, it's also to note that even though this movie was shot in my hometown of Montreal (at my alma mater, in fact...McGill University...nice campus), and my boy John Fallon (aka Arrow) filmed a day on the set of the movie (he didn't make it into the final cut, but does have his name in the end credits), I can still sit back and genuinely tell you that this movie blows. I was initially gonna rate it even lower, but the finale sorta made me feel sorry for it, especially since I've always been a fan of the twists (although I might be one of the few people who apparently didn't see it coming). Bottom line with this film: no suspense, no thrills, not much of a point and almost nothing memorable or original (except that one cool "party" scene). Rent it if you want to fall asleep to a shot of Katie Holmes' ass (freeze-frame), otherwise, skip this turkey and rent the other "disaster" shot in Montreal: BATTLEFIELD EARTH. If you don't dig it on a cheesy level, you can at least drink and laugh it up. Unlike this movie...which has nothing to laugh about!