|Directed by:||John August|
|Written by:||John August|
|Cast:||Ryan Reynolds, Melissa McCarthy, Hope Davis, Elle Fanning|
I've seen this movie a few times now but just recently caught it again and was still sucked right in from the beginning.
Ryan Reynolds offers a powerhouse performance(s?) here and really, really needs to be recognized for that. He creates three distinct and incredibly intriguing characters and not only has fun with them, but becomes them in a way that very few roles really do, and it's unfortunate he didn't get more recognition/praise for that.
The story and script is great, and any sci-fi nut like myself should love it. A movie it really reminded me of just in terms of mood and style was Donnie Darko, in that psychological thriller sci-fi sort of way. I was also really surprised by how creepy this movie got sometimes, not from any jump scares but genuine terror of the unknown on screen and it translated beautifully to the viewer.
The direction was great, stylish as it needed to be for a project like this and varied as it needed to be, but never took away from the movie and always complimented the scenes and the events. The music was another thing I liked, it wasn't amazing but there were some great, great pieces in there that added to all of the various moods in the movie, that one particular piano piece 'Knowing' is so simple but grows on you incredibly quickly the more it's played, and boy is it haunting.
Overall I just had a great, great time with this movie and continue to do so on repeat viewings. Reynolds offers some amazing work here and the script is there to support him along with the other actors and the great, twisted direction. It's a true thinking man's movie that does reveal but in the same not too much to the point where you're being lectured on what someone wants to say, only to the point where you can expand upon the ideas and answers on your own and always be satisfied with where your mind takes you on the topic. It's fitting this movie gets a 9 -- highly recommended.