Review Date: November 25, 2002
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Steven Soderbergh
Producers: James Cameron, Jon Landau, Rae Sanchini
George Clooney as Chris Kelvin
Natascha McElhone as Rehya Kelvin
Jeremy Davies as Snow
As for the acting, well...it felt a lot like a play-- with only about four actual characters in the entire film. The standout in the bunch was definitely Clooney though, who really comes into his own as a "real" actor with this role, instead of just another pretty ass...I mean, face (sorry folks...that's the one joke I got and I'm gonna milk it!) I really felt for the poor shlep throughout the movie, and when you consider that the entire focus of the film is basically on him...thumbs up for the Cloonster. Natascha McElhone was also solid and looked quite stunning in several shots, and I also gotta tip my hat to Jeremy Davies, an actor who usually gets on my nerves, but who is quite humorous here as the agitated, yet eerily calm, secondary character. His hand movements alone should get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Limbs. As for Clooney's ass...okay, okay, it's played out! On a more serious note, the film is really much more existential than anything, and even though we are provided with some insight into the lives of these people, a lot of the answers are left to our imaginations and discussion afterward. Is the film about love, death, redemption, life, regret, taking chances? I really enjoyed this movie because it offered a unique perspective on our lives here on earth and how we deal with guilt, love, attraction, memory, fate and various other emotions. For a "sci-fi" flick created by Soderbergh and James Cameron, I also expected the film to last a little over four hours, but a buck forty after I sat down, I was getting back up to leave. Dare I say...I would actually have liked it to last longer? This is definitely one of those ambiguous films that I want to watch at least a couple of more times (perhaps with a more acute sense of my senses the next time around as well), but don't see scoring very well in the big movie houses (art-houses, on the other hand...).
In fact, if you're looking for an actual "story" or clear-cut resolutions, you ain't gonna find them here. This movie is a lot like a poem...it sounds good, it looks good and it seems to have a lot of meaning, but ultimately, it asks that you to invest a lot more of yourself, in order to find that deeper connection. I tossed my own affairs into the mix and came out with plenty of emotional baggage and an enjoyable, thought-provoking experience. I hope you do too. But just like in poetry, some might just write it off as boring pretentious poppycock. C'est la vie.