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.