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Not sure what to make of it
on 14 August 2011
I really can't my mind up whether this curve ball offering from Eastwood is genius or just plain daft. I must confess however that I rather enjoyed it, although I always enjoy watching Matt Damon and I particularly fancy Cecile de France, so I can't honestly say it was the story that made it for me.
Marcus (Frankie McLaren) loses his twin brother Jason (George McLaren) in a tragic accident. Marie (Cécile De France) has a close dice with death. Meanwhile George (Matt Damon), is fed up with his innate ability to contact the dead and even more fed up with his older brother trying to market this 'gift'. Each of the three separate strands eventually emerge at a book fair in London where Marcus, through George, gets to connect with Jason and George gets to fall in love with Marie. And that's pretty much it.
Eastwood is a great director and we are not let down here. The direction is excellent and the opening scenes are awe-inspiring (and the catastrophic scene on the London Underground). The problem is the pace. Most of the film plods along very slowly and given that the 'psychic' content is very much underdone (no doubt deliberately) the viewer might wonder whether its worth all the effort to get through to the end.
I would add though that unlike other reviews, I did find the ending very satisfying. My trick was to imagine it was me about to snog Cécile De France. Hmm.