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Gerry [DVD]


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  • Actors: Casey Affleck, Matt Damon
  • Directors: Gus Van Sant
  • Producers: Danny Wolf
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015P8CS6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,961 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In this hypnotic film from ground-breaking director Gus Van Sant, two friends, both named Gerry (Matt Damon and Casey Affleck), pull off the highway to hike on a wilderness trail. Their casual decision to go off the main path has dire consequences as they lose their way in the harsh terrain. At first, their confidence and humour propel them forward, but as they wander through landscapes of austere beauty and hours turn into days, the seriousness of their situation takes hold. As their strength and chances of survival begin to dissipate, the depth of their friendship is put to the ultimate test. Following their collaboration on the Academy Award®-winning Good Will Hunting, Gus Van Sant (Milk, My Own Private Idaho) and Matt Damon join together with Casey Affleck (Ocean’s Eleven) to bring this intense portrait of human endurance to life.

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In Gerry, two young men (Matt Damon and Casey Affleck) wander beautiful, barren, and surreal landscapes, gradually growing more and more lost. This film from Gus Van Sant (director of Drugstore Cowboy and Good Will Hunting) has no story, hardly any dialogue, and even less in the way of "action" or "events". Yet the movie is by turns maddening and hypnotic; although few people will agree on which are the maddening scenes and which are the hypnotic ones, you will certainly leave Gerry with one or more stunning images in your head. In fact, it's probably more pleasurable to remember than it is to sit through. Committed performances, flashes of dark humour, and a smattering of visual effects give the movie some shape, but the more you just surrender to the emptiness of the landscape, the more rewarding Gerry will be. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.7 out of 5 stars

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Dale on 4 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
A remarkable film, not least for the fact it marks a radical change in direction for Gus Van Sant - better known for "Good Will Hunting" and "Drugstore Cowboy". "Gerry" bears the unmistakeable influence of hungarian director Bela Tarr (who is thanked in the credits) with the incredibly long shots attempting to transcend, among other things, the conventions of montage editing. This long established film language has become so familiar to audiences, any departure from them seems to cause anxiety and annoyance. At first, the rhythm and pace of the film is self-defeating in that it draws attention to itself, but if you watch the film on its own terms (something that probably should be applied to all films) and relax into its flow, it begins revealing itself and you can get past its antisocial exterior to what really matters. After all, the style in which a film is made can only ever be a means to an end and not an end in itself. More attention might be paid to why both men are named Gerry, why they are walking in the desert together, why they barely interact, why they get so un-necessarily lost, why they travel through a geographically impossible series of landscapes etc. This film gives you the time to think about these things and never tells you what to think, it only ever suggests or asks - something very refreshing and rare especially in American cinema. This film, combined with Van Sant's subsequent palm d'or winning "Elephant", heralds an important episode in modern independent cinema.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By aonghas on 28 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
I didn't know anything about this film, until I put it on the rental list at random.

The opening scene has (the only) two guys driving on a desert highway, in which the camera faithfully follows the car, speeding up to it, slowing down, watching the landscape go by, with some outstanding minimalist music by Arvo Part in the background, and this lasts for about 5-7 minutes. Suffice it to say that if you don't like this scene, don't bother watching it.

I did carry on watching, and am so happy I did. Watching these guys situation go from mildly diverting, to "Okay, what now?", and then to hopeless despair, the film totally hypnotises you. The parts of the film that most people thought were tedious, were some of the most compelling to watch. The scene where they're walking at a snail's pace, with the sun slowly rising, and the brilliant, haunting piano music behind it, was so eerie, so beautiful, I actually shivered. (Some will no doubt be in conversation with the Sandman by now. Their loss.)

After watching this film, I was totally drained, and I will not forget it for a long time.
Note: If you enjoyed Gus van Sant's 'Elephant', you will probably like this too. Hope this helps.xx
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cake on 1 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
'Gerry' was filmed around the same time of 'Elephant' and though there are many similarities the outcome is very different: 'Elephant' is an important film, 'Gerry' is not.

The effective use of overlapping time-lines in 'Elephant' is missing from Gerry and instead Van Sant sticks to the use of two key devices - long-take tracking shots and time-lapse cloud filming. Nice, but not enough. What's worse is that there is clearly some over-friendly collaboration going on with the two actors, Damon and Affleck. What could been a potentially profond movie ends up shuffling along between scenes that suggest an 'um, let's try this maybe' approach. It's hard not to laugh at the absurdity of the developing tragic situation at times. It's lack of conviction is so deep that you often start to wonder about the crew's air-conditioned trailers parked up a hundred yards back of camera. There is no real tension as the predicament unfolds, their predicament remains fake despite the dusty t-shirts.

Independent art film-makers from a previous generation Michael Snow and James Benning came to mind for various reasons watching this, as did those Bear Grylls survival TV programmes - they should have watched them!

Overall 'Gerry' is a vision poorly realised, a lost opportunity, and leaves the viewer stuck between a rock and a hard place.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Leslie on 14 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
If anyone has ever wondered what it would be like if someone filmed Book 1 of Samuel Beckett's trilogy Molloy then look no further because perhaps it would end up looking something like Gerry. To say this film is minimal is an understatement. Frequent long takes, minimal dialogue, in fact Van Sant has done in cinematic terms what Beckett did in literature; reduce the form to its bare bones until it reaches nothingness. Gerry achieves this, the long shots reduce the characters to walking matchsticks, barely discernable against a panorama of the Nevada desert. While Beckett is the literary influence, the cinematic influence is Bela Tarr who made the classic film Werckmeister Harmonies. Van Sant pays homage by replicating a long tracking shot where both Gerrys are walking side by side in silence. However it just isn't enough to be in awe of such a great film, and where Gerry falls down is its lack of content. An excercise in minimalism becomes quite frankly a crashing bore and the film becomes a cliche of the "Man being overwhelmed and defeated by nature if he is not in control of his environnement" variety. However to his credit, Van Sant is at least trying something different, and I would rather watch this than most of the films which come out of America but I can't help feeling that he was being avant garde for the sake of it. There was a better film in here, and that better film is Werckmeister Harmonies which succeeds in combining minimalism with a compelling storyline and whose achievement is far more satisfying than the self indulgence which is on offer here. Still, worthwhile watching once but for a better "desert" film Nicholas Roeg's Walkabout is the one.
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