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on 20 November 2011
What would I have liked to know before I bought it? Others have described the plot, basically a man completing the long journey on which his adult son had died, meeting other characters etc, overcoming disasters and finding something in himself. On the plus side, the cinematography was good, with some nice atmospheric scenic shots; the music was pleasing and in keeping, and the plot suggested it should be interesting. However, rather disappointingly, both the characters and plot lacked depth and several of the scenes were clichéd (I'm afraid the scene towards the end, outside the cathedral of Santiago, where they are all smiling to each other, was more reminiscent of Disney). The Martin Sheen character (Tom) was realistic but the lines he was given lacked something. The Character of Jack (James Nesbitt) was just too irritating, Jan was ok (but every Dutchman will probably hate the 'drugs and liberalism' cliché) but fortunately the scenes were often rescued by Sarah (Deborah Unger) with some deeper thoughts and occasional angst (e.g. Boomer scene). Quite interestingly, almost when you think the credits are starting, ie the very final few seconds opened a different window.
None of this means that it's not worth watching but we were disappointed that it missed the good opportunity that the story line suggested.