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Danika [DVD]

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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UEX4OU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,706 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not accomplished 19 May 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Something is missing in this movie, so it fails in conveying emotion. This despite the attempt to grip the audience with the thriller-like (mostly bloody) snap shots interleaved with ordinary action. The mechanism is simple: Danika had the trauma when she was a kid and her brother got killed in a car accident - in her mind, because of her mother lack of attention. As a mother herself she become over-protective to their children and in general afraid of what is bad in the world - and what this can do the their kids. This plot could have been psychologically developed in a different way, here all seems to be simplified. One adds to that the cheating of her husband with the psychologist who is treating Danika, and a quite out-of-place ending (Danika ending as a beggar in the street) and there you have it. You get up from your sofa and what is left in your memory are a few horror movie shots.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very underrated film 9 Oct 2010
By polly40
Format:DVD
This film which i was recommended by a friend of mine is in my humble opinion one of the best films i have seen for a long time its story was very good and the acting of all was believable i have watched it several times and enjoyed it i wont spoil it by reveling any of it here but i can honestly say its well worth it the seller packaged it well and was delivered in good time many thanks
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Marisa Tomei has always been one of my favorite actresses. With that pretty face, gorgeous red hair, and animated spirit, she should be one of America's biggest stars. She's won an Oscar, for goodness' sake, so no one can doubt her acting abilities. Why, then, does it seem like such a rare treat to actually see her play the central role in a film? The woman is fabulous in Danika. Say what you like about the story (it's one of those psychological thrillers, so audience reaction will inevitably be somewhat divided), but Marisa Tomei turns in a gripping, very believable performance.

Every parent (well, every good parent, anyway) wants desperately to protect his/her family, especially the children, so in this respect Danika (Tomei) is basically no different than the vast majority of wives and mothers in the world. All of a sudden, though, her life has taken a turn toward the surreal. She begins having awful visions which lead her to seek psychiatric help after what can only be described as a psychotic episode at work. Not only does she see awful things happening to her husband and kids, she also has psychic-like visions of other kids dying in horrible ways, and these things come about in such a way that she feels as if she could have saved them. This leads her to become ever more obsessive in terms of protecting her own family, and we all know how teens and pre-teens react to overprotective mothers. A lesser actress couldn't have played this role effectively, as the story is surreal and sometimes confusing as the tension builds toward a pretty powerful conclusion.

As with all psychological thrillers, the proof of the pudding is ultimately in the ending.
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2.0 out of 5 stars dan 24 Feb 2014
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not bad overall or could it just have been a film about a woman having the worst period ever, ever
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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  26 reviews
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem in the crowded field of psychological thrillers 3 Jun 2007
By Daniel Jolley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Marisa Tomei has always been one of my favorite actresses. With that pretty face, gorgeous red hair, and animated spirit, she should be one of America's biggest stars. She's won an Oscar, for goodness' sake, so no one can doubt her acting abilities. Why, then, does it seem like such a rare treat to actually see her play the central role in a film? The woman is fabulous in Danika. Say what you like about the story (it's one of those psychological thrillers, so audience reaction will inevitably be somewhat divided), but Marisa Tomei turns in a gripping, very believable performance.

Every parent (well, every good parent, anyway) wants desperately to protect his/her family, especially the children, so in this respect Danika (Tomei) is basically no different than the vast majority of wives and mothers in the world. All of a sudden, though, her life has taken a turn toward the surreal. She begins having awful visions which lead her to seek psychiatric help after what can only be described as a psychotic episode at work. Not only does she see awful things happening to her husband and kids, she also has psychic-like visions of other kids dying in horrible ways, and these things come about in such a way that she feels as if she could have saved them. This leads her to become ever more obsessive in terms of protecting her own family, and we all know how teens and pre-teens react to overprotective mothers. A lesser actress couldn't have played this role effectively, as the story is surreal and sometimes confusing as the tension builds toward a pretty powerful conclusion.

As with all psychological thrillers, the proof of the pudding is ultimately in the ending. It is possible to figure out, to some degree, what is really going on here - I picked up on it from the preview alone, although I didn't predict the final machination of the emotional climax - but I don't think it matters much whether you figure things out on your own or not. The emotional power of the final minutes is not to be denied, and the whole movie leaves you with plenty of food for thought. It's the kind of ending that viewers will want to discuss with one another after the fact, and I think that is a sign of the story's ultimate effectiveness. Any movie in this genre is going to draw one-star reviews from those who claim not to get it, but I think the majority of viewers will find this movie spellbinding and emotionally jarring.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good family movie, a must for Marisa Tomei fans, she was AWESOME 20 Aug 2007
By stedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I was in blockbuster after not being in one for a while, and lo behold what did I see...a current movie starring Marisa Tomei? She is still doing movies huh. I've been a fan of hers since I was little, ever since I first saw her in "A Different World", without knowing why. Now I know, it's because I've had good taste, duh! She is the most underused and underrated actress I can think of (while writing this review, that is) and wish she would star in more movies. I said STAR, not "appear". I also like phycological and mental thrillers (fight club, momento). Although Danika is NOT in the same league as those two, due to the ending, Tomei makes watching it all the worthwhile. I had to watch it over, because at first I didn't 'get it' .. the ending. It turns out, yep, i 'got it' alright, I was set too high on my expectations. Then I read other reviews and saw it is not just in my head, that this movie "commits cinematical treason" someone said -- by tensing you up, preparing you for an awesome ending, and then .... blah, unsatisfactory conclusion (but makes sense). Enjoy the ride but don't expect a grand ending. Oh yeah, and of course enjoy the treat of seeing a movie that actually stars Marisa Tomei.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Impressive Thriller 31 Dec 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Relatively new cinematic team of director Ariel Vromen and writer Joshua Leibner pounce onto the scene with a surprisingly fine little film that has basically gone unnoticed. DANIKA is a story that demands the viewer's careful attention and rewards that attention with a finely wrought surprise ending. This is a tough movie to review: almost anything that is said about it diminishes the impact of a fresh look.

Danika (the superb and grossly underused actress Marisa Tomei) is a beautiful, well-dressed successful professional woman, loved by her husband Randy (Craig Bierko) and her children Kurt (Kyle Gallner), Lauren (Nicki Prian) and Brian (Ridge Canipe). Yet even from the opening scenes we can tell something is amiss: Danika 'sees' disturbing things, terrifying events and people that alter her attention to her job and her family. She visits a young psychiatrist Evelyn (Regina Hall) who becomes her confidant - the only person who accepts that Danika is witnessing disturbing sights. A mixture of critical pieces of disastrous events flash before Danika's eyes as well as flashbacks to some years back when her children were young. Danika overcompensates for her fears by being an overprotective mother, an unfortunate trait that begins to fracture her family.

The pace of the film changes to rapid fire events as the reasons for Danika's visions become clear: we finally see just what made this brilliant and strong woman the victim of a terrified and disturbed psyche and the manner in which each of the characters in the story impacts this discovery is well-illuminated. The surprise ending scene is a stunner and one that will haunt the viewer.

Marisa Tomei makes this very difficult, well-written role completely believable. She is an actress of enormous gifts. Likewise the remainder of the cast offers such fine ensemble work that credit must be given director Ariel Vromen for being a young talent on the rise. Yes, there are some portions of the film that beg credibility but then that is what delusional thinking is about. This is a tight little film that deserves attention. Grady Harp, December 06
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Are we there, yet? 16 Oct 2011
By Tommy Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First let me say that I'm a big fan of Marisa Tomei, since Mona Lisa Vito captured my heart, as well as a fan of horror & thrillers. This was the reason for my purchase of this DVD, goaded by the 4 stars, and positive reviews of my fellow Amazonians. That is why I say, shame on you!

I watched the film for about 35 minutes, patiently - bloody painfully - waiting for something to happen. Anything to happen. Nothing but disjointed and disconnected scenes washed over the screen, one after the other, yet there was never a story developing.

Studies on film of the defragmenting of a character's mind abound, but you have to draw the audience in at some point and give the story direction, even in the randomness of seeming insanity. Its failure to pull the pieces together, as well as the unappealing promise to continue to fail until the conclusion, is why I turned it off, and why, I think, I've never heard of this film.

Avoid it like the plague. Marisa Tomei usually takes over any scene she is in by force of will, but here, she is oddly out of place. I think they got her on board because no one else of note would allow the strike mark on their career.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy accident 16 May 2007
By Music Lover in Omaha - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I picked this movie up wandering around the video store and it looked kind of interesting so I gave it a try. I have to say that I am happy I did. This was a nice diverting hour and a half, although I did figure out the twist ending just before it came. Marisa Tomei was just wonderful in this film as the mom. The movie reminded me a bit of Sixth Sense and later of Jacob's ladder, with elements of both. I was watching this with a sweetie and the film got a real scream out of her while Marisa was putting groceries away. I was told I should have warned her what was coming. Heck, I didn't know. The bottom line here is that this is a pretty good film, has suspense, some gore, and some mystery. Pretty sad though. It might take a while to get over this one. Talk it over with someone you love though. That will help ease the pain. Glad to recommend this one.
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