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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful film about two guys not thinking straight
Any thoughts that "Changing Lanes" would be a predictable film should have gone out the window as soon as you saw Samuel L. Jackson was involved. The story is about two men who do not have time for a freeway fender bender. Gavin Banek (Ben Affleck) is a lawyer who has some important papers to file to prove an ailing millionaire signed over control of his foundation to...
Published on 3 Nov. 2003 by Lawrance Bernabo

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3.0 out of 5 stars Starts off bold but then becomes too neat and tidy
This film starts off with a lot of potential and tries to raise some interesting moral questions about a lot of grey areas. However, by the end all the grey areas become black and white to the point it is overly simplified and too neat and tidy.
So Samuel L Jackson plays a loving father fighting for child custody who was once a alcoholic. He clearly loves his sons...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating duel, 19 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Changing Lanes [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
If you think you've had a hard day, try this.

Jackson plays Doyle Gipson, an insurance salesman who is trying to earn his family back. Between attending AA meetings, he is seeking regular access to his two children. Affleck plays Gavin Banek, whose law firm demands he do morally questionable deeds so they can keep earning from their clients. We see their flaws but if there is a difference early on, it is that Gipson wants to do right by everyone while Banek is blinkered into looking after himself.

Beginning sharply with a car accident, Banek makes a choice which robs Gipson of something that can't be replaced. Gipson in turn has something Banek desperately needs. As one man's manipulative tactics are used in increasingly desperate measures, the other's wanting to do the right thing quickly evaporates as he is pushed to the brink and beyond. All the action is played out over the course of a day and what a day it is. I've seldom seen so much packed into one 24-hour period that feels as real as this. Things of course move along rapidly. Just when you think a scene may become bogged down in too much talk, one guy makes his move, sparking off the next in the series of clashes. By the end however, both come to ground with a view of themselves they didn't have when they set out that morning. Damage has been done but maybe some can be repaired as two men learn from each other how to be better and move forward. The ending is a very satisfying one.

The writing is excellent and moves between moral drama and gritty thriller. It's not all about two men locking horns as their story is interwoven with background to their lives. Whether Banek in discussion with his wife or Gipson having a dilemma in a bar, these scenes add depth but never take away from the intensity. The success of this film is also largely about the two lead performances. Affleck raises his game while Jackson is as charged as ever. He doesn't radiate hugeness as in other roles, but is just as effective in this often broken character. Both ensure their duel is a fascinating one from start to finish.

* extras: commentary by director Roger Michelle / 'The Making Of Changing Lanes' / 'A Writers Perspective' / deleted and extended scenes / trailer *
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4.0 out of 5 stars MORALISTIC, 13 Jun. 2011
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The story centres on two characters, Gavin Banek, played by Ben Affleck, and Doyle Gipson, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Both are on their way to court, one as a lawyer, the other to attend a custody hearing, both heading in the same direction, total strangers in seperate cars. After a minor collision, Gavin Banek leaves Doyle Gipson stranded on a busy freeway to find his own way. Later, in court, Gavin Banek finds an important document is missing and realises he left it in the hands of Doyle Gipson. Not realising the importance of the document, (and not caring) he throws it away in anger. Samuel L. Jackson's character's morals are high on his list, whereas Ben Affleck's character's morals are none existant. This film is all about morals, and doing the right thing. It has good characterisation, and as the story unfolds, tells the viewer more about each character, and why they are both in court. While this film concentrates on a story, (there are no guns or explosions) the acting from both is good. This film may not be for everybody's tastes, and is not one of Samuel L. Jackson's best, but it is still a good film, and worth a watch.
The film is presented in it's original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. And has a 5.1 soundtrack. Picture Quality is also good.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Many wrongs never make right, 5 July 2004
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Amanda Richards "Hotpurplekoolaid" (ECD, Guyana) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Changing Lanes [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
This is a movie with no heroes, no nudity, no CGI and practically no fancy stunts, yet somehow it manages to hold your interest.
After feeling genuine hatred for the two lead characters, more so for Banek (Affleck) than Gipson (Jackson), I found that the ending wrapped up too quickly, too conveniently and too smoothly, and while it was reasonably watchable the first time, I probably wouldn't want to see it a second time.
Both Affleck and Jackson play their parts convincingly, and make it almost believable that a fender bender could lead to such chaos. In the real world however, Banek should have wised up to his work situation from the beginning, and Gipson would have certainly fallen off the wagon. Personally, I could never be charitable to a man who purposely sets out to destroy my family's chance for happiness, or lies about my kids safety, which makes the somewhat neat ending leave a bad taste in my mouth.
The bankruptcy story thread was unconvincing. The highly paid professional just accepting his failure with a shrug off is just not realistic. There are other parts of the movie where the lead characters cause significant damage to office property without repercussions, and some of the support actors tenuously cling to the storyline like afterthoughts.
Considering that this movie is about greed, arrogance, despair, revenge, deceit and blackmail, it does very well to maintain a reasonable entertainment value. The "positive message" comes too late to be of significant redeeming value.
Jackson's performance carries the movie as far as it can go.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amiable :), 21 Nov. 2003
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M. D. Hart "Boz Phiz @ DVD" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Changing Lanes [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Changing Lanes is a movie that shows us the best and worst of human beings in general. Beginning with a road rage incident between the would-be conflictors (Ben Affleck and Samuel L Jackson), the plot escalates into a stormy tale of legal corruption, revenge, and the lengths to which people will go to get back what is theirs.....
......Affleck is the big-shot lawyer that is about to settle a huge victory when he collides with Mr jackson in his car, and accidentally leaves a very important document with him. Problem is, he doesn't help him, and makes him late for a meeting in which he could have got his estranged wife and children back......not a very good idea.
Attempting to destroy each other at every turn, the two men take us through their moral conflicts of truth, justice, fairness and doing the right thing.
I wouldn't say that this movie is fantastic; the acting is of a satisfactory standard and the plot does move along at the right pace, but after about half way through the movie seems to go stale until near the very end when it becomes interesting again. Worth buying
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Changing Lanes..., 16 Jan. 2004
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A surprisingly good performance by fiancé of ample-bottomed Jennifer Lopez makes this film a pleasant experience, made all the better by Sam LJ's unique voice and tremendous acting skills.
Being a huge fan of Sam LJ, I decided to buy this film on the knowledge that whether the film had flopped or not, he would at least have put in a decent performance.
I was not expecting, therefore for poncy pin up Affleck to put in such a good effort.
The story begins with a car crash between Affleck and Jackson, both of whose characters are rushing to get to the same court. Affleck as a high profile lawyer, trying to seal a case from a major client accused of fraud, and Jackson in a failing attempt to salvage his marriage and keep in contact with his kids.
Upon the car crash, key papers for Affleck's case are discarded, and as a result he faces the sickening reality of the trouble he could be in, should he not be able to retrieve them.
However, for Jackson, the car crash has much more of a value to him. The twenty minutes spent in the car crash cause Jackson to be late for his case, and miss the opportunity to represent himself.
Adamant he will get an apology and his "time back" from Affleck, and with Affleck willing to do whatever he can to get his file back from the luckless Jackson, both men are willing to do whatever it takes to get what they feel is owed.
A touching, action packed film full of excellent acting, plus the whole "moral of the story" deal. Well worth a bit of a luck, even if it's only as a rental
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good film by two good actors, 19 Feb. 2009
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This review is from: Changing Lanes [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
This is a very interesting movie. Two normal men both in a rush to get to a court case. One car hits the other. The man who breaks his car asks for a lift, but the other man refuses. But he leaves the file behind. And so "Changing Lanes" begins.

This film has two fairly famous but not all-known actors who play their roles well and somehow pull of their revenge convincingly. Although irrelevat to the actual plot I also like the fact that one is glasses and the other does not; one is black and one is white; both having problems with the court. It shows that these aspects of greed and revenge can happen to anyone and therefore comes down to human nature.

This movie is entertaining and gripping but cannot be watched by very young children, as they deviate adults from the plot and will not understand what is occurring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changing Lanes DVD, 23 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Changing Lanes [DVD] (DVD)
Delivery on time great movie edge of your seat stuff if you haven't seen it before but for me just wanted to have a copy that I can watch whenever and wasn't disappointed, condition as new.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem, 17 Mar. 2013
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A KERSHAW (Horsham, West sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This is a superb film with great performances from ben affleck and samuel l jackson.To explain it would take to long you need to watch it and enjoy it fully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great packaging and service to get the item to me ..., 2 July 2014
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great packaging and service to get the item to me asap very happy about this products so I can be sure to recommend to all my friends A++
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good, 27 Feb. 2014
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Very good quality, excellent would recommend it to friends and family. We really enjoyed it was wonderful. Just what we needed.
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