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This was a fun little indie comedy that was claustrophobic and stuck in one location. I’m partial to opening up the environment somewhat, and single location films sort of grate on me.

The people are pretty funny though, although all the humor is dialogue driven. So there’s a lot of talking about relationships and interpersonal problems. It also completely botches the reality of the weapons (poor science), but I can’t remember any film about anything that had scientific accuracy.

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But it’s a comedy, and so we give more leeway. What’s good about the film is that these people are such self-absorbed, oblivious, useless assholes that watching them face the apocalypse is sort of cathartic in and of itself. None seem worthy of surviving, and the world doesn’t seem to be losing much as a result. I thought the ending scene could have been drawn out and developed a bit more. It seemed rushed and implausible. They could have mined it a bit deeper, and I would have been more gushing in my praise.

3/5

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Instant awesome.  Goes straight to the top of my must-see list.

 

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I read Kim Nicolini’s review, and I was intrigued by the metaphor of the film.  A shipping container takes out a lone sailor’s yacht.  The seas are now littered with them and small fish like Robert Redford can no longer sail along as they used to.  The balance of nature has been disrupted, but nature always wins in the end.

The global market has fouled every corner of the world.  Will it be Redford’s savior, as he drifts helplessly across the ocean and through the shipping lanes, seeking rescue?

Some metaphors tie the story together, as it is an extremely sparse and minimal project.  One actor, one struggle.  The idea that the system may be suicidal and self-destructive enters later on.  By the ending we have a stunning ambiguity.  Was what just happened real?

The film received high praise and nominations during award season.  The production was far more intricate and filled with effects than it appeared.  It’s a pretty desolate, engaging tale, but a shame that Life of Pi  just did the lone survivor story so much bigger and better.  With Pi we were dazzled and seduced into a kind of dream world.  Here, things are “naturalistic” and logical.  It left me longing for some of the anagogic mystery of Pi.

3.5/5

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I rent a lot of indie attempts.  This one takes on sex addiction, and it looked like it might have enough laughs to sustain it.  The trailer seemed tepid and slow, but I gave it a shot anyway.

It is definitely slow paced and lacking action.  Talk is the driving factor, and this does grate.  The opening is not going to appeal to generation ADHD.

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Good news is that it gets more interesting with the arrival of Pink and a couple complications.  More serious, with higher stakes, the story still meanders a bit, but at least it’s not a crawl.

This is a story for older people, and the actors involved are aging noticeably.  Tim Robbins has gone full grey, and Mark Ruffalo shows his wear and tear.

The writer/director is a first-timer.  He’s not such a visual wizard, but simply shoots the drama of the script.  It’s a passable film, but you might find better picks elsewhere.

3/5

 

 

This looks pretty damn good, the promise made 6 years ago now realized.

 

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