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Not a nice story, but regrettably true
on 6 December 2010
My job is somewhat connected with the loan business, so the problems presented in this film were interesting to me. Although I am from the other side of the globe, the situations were entirely real and believable. I'm not talking about the suitcase, that was just a trigger to make an everyday situation into a film-situation. But people who are just 4 months behind with monthly payments of ca 650 $, and they owe more than seven thousand ? It makes me shiver. What way out is there for them ?
It's a very sad film, because it shows no way out. Everything Sam and Leslie try makes it worse. They are pathetic, but I'm afraid they are just ordinary people like me. They don't make these bold, honest decisions to wipe the slate clean and start again with nothing. They hang on to their living standards, they are not ready to lose everything they own, and it ends rather badly. Look around, you don't even need a suitcase full of money or a mystical person from a parallel world to come to this.
I bought this film because of Sean Bean and he did not disappoint me. What I most like about him are nuances of his expression. For example, in this film he laughs and smiles quite often, but only once does he give a very special happy smile - when the tattooed "tools" dealer shows his big ring of keys. For me it meant that he really appreciated to see another professional.
I liked the philosophy of not knowing the consequences in advance.
I didn't like some details. The scene with Glen the Plumber didn't belong. And some things were stated too directly for me, for example Pyke actually saying you can never trust anyone with cash.
Watching the final scene of Reese walking away and lighting a cigarette I thought that maybe we could have a sequel. But knowing Reese, and taking in account the bonding and connections of twins, I'm afraid it shall turn out a horror movie.
PS I do not complain about the subtitles. I am not a native English/American speaker, but I understood the text reasonably well the first time and got most of the details the second time. The details don't come out first time anyway.