Director: Fernando Meirelles
Stars: Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Ben Foster, Lucia Siposová, Gabriela Marcinková.
Synopsis: A dramatic thriller that weaves together the stories of an array of people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships.
Review: Mirka ( Lucia Siposová ) is a young woman who chooses an underground life of salacious activity in order to get ahead in life. She wants to open a hair style salon with the money she will get from her ‘night’ job. Her sister Anna ( Gabriela Marcinková ) reluctantly helps out with her new job, even though she knows that her sister is going down the wrong path. One night she is set up to meet Michael Daly ( Jude law ). This event causes a chain reaction that pushes the story forward from one character’s story to another.
Rachel Weisz is enchanting as always. She brings her excellent skills to this film. Anthony Hopkins brings his usual charm and British sophistication to the film. He is so convincing when you see him on screen. I noticed a sort of problem with this film. It does not actually know where it wants to go as far as a story is concerned. Some characters enter the film, have their five minutes of story and then leaves the movie. You kind of wanted to see more of these characters but they are gone. I wish I could have seen more of Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins. If the film was primarily about them I would have enjoyed the movie more.
A rather similar movie to this one is Vantage Point (2008) with Sigourney Weaver, Forest Whitaker, and Dennis Quad. These two movies do not share the same story but are created the same way, using a similar story structure. Deferent peoples lives make a cross roads at some point that effects each others lives. The movie Vantage Point is more of an action film while this movie is more about relationships. I think this movie is better than Vantage Point though. That film came off as a cheap B-movie that was too fast in pacing. But films of that nature like Angels and Demons (2009) with Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, and Tom Hanks are way too fast paced. Those are movies about action so you cant really savor the film since there is so much chaos happening on the screen. One other series that takes on a similar structure is The Booth on the End from Hulu. In that series the characters tell their intersecting stories about a fateful event.
A rather raw and realistic film. A lot of these characters are complicated, which is good. Complicated characters usually helps make for a better story when you see how they interact with the rest of the world. They are very human and imperfect. This is one of the only movies that I have seen that has done this kind of story structure as best as it can. I’m sure there are other films that I have not seen yet that do this story structure well if not better. The cinematography is decent. The lighting is well done. The musical score reflects the characters so you will always hear something deferent. Not a really profound film. Its ok to watch.
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