Rating: 2.25 of 5
For starters, this movie is not what it was marketed as. At all.
Oddly, after the big lie that was the trailer, the movie was more emotional than I expected. Which was almost interesting. Except the directing was fairly clunky and paced badly. I wasn’t fond of many of the performances, but it’s got Callum Keith Rennie and Alex O’Loughlin so that’s worth at least half a star.
I think this movie would have worked much better if Annie (Margarita Levieva) had been more likable. It’s not that Levieva is a bad actress. It’s just that it’s a very rough character which is great, but needs to be offset by likability so that the audience not only connects with her, but roots for her. Justin Chatwin is likable enough, but his character is actually the weaker one.
Likability is a delicate balance of the character written and the actor cast but in a lot of ways it makes or breaks a film.
Like so many other movies, if I don’t latch onto the characters and want to go on this journey with them, then I don’t care much about everything else going on.
I got emotionally invested in this movie and have to give it more stars because of my emotional investment. This is a movie for me that because of the drama I can only watch it so many times.
This was one of my favorite songs from the movie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHKR_BFvKqI&feature=relmfu It was a running scene.
It makes all the difference in the world when you’re emotionally invested. If there was some way to do a modified poll where people could put in how many stars they’d give it and compare to mine, that would be fun.