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The Benefactor [DVD]
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Francis L. Watts (Richard Gere) is an affluent business man living in Philadelphia. But despite his wealth and connections, he is still grieving over the death of his friends, caused by a tragic car crash he was responsible for years ago. In an attempt to relieve his pain and guilt, something that his morphine addiction can t fix, he gets back into the lives of his friend s daughter and her husband. But after showering them with gifts and new prospects, things quickly sour. What follows is a desperate man s attempts to keep hold of his life, while everything around him falls apart.
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Unconvincing and dull, but it starts off rather promising.
Clearly, some reviewers have said that Richard Gere put in a good performance, but for me the very talented actor that Gere is, came across as over-acting and I am at a loss to explain why – but he did come across like that to me. The supporting cast didn’t interact with Gere in a convincing way, but (for all that they are all very good actors) they were in scenes that were dominated by Gere in his over-acted scenes, to the extent that I was cringing at what I was watching. Was it all down to Andrew Renzi, the writer and director? I don’t know, but I doubt I will watch this film a second time and I couldn’t encourage any one to view it for the first time as I found it very disappointing.
On the DVD you get:
The Benefactor (1 hour 29)
…and nothing else whatsoever!
He's tough to like at first, but it's hard to dislike him because he's so charismatic.
Also loved the relationship between him and Theo James, friendly yet at each others throats at the same time.
Addicted to Hydromorphone, he employs her husband (played by Theo James) at his children's wonder emporium type hospital in order to keep his supply of analgesia full, and to keep his foot in the door.
But when people begin to resist, refuse, and deny him what he wants, he becomes more and more desperate.
When a person with great power and wealth becomes vulnerable, it becomes quickly apparent to people that they are losing their edge, and the weak spots begin to show. Well in this film, it's really difficult to tell how many weak spots Franny has.
His obvious addiction to Morphine is the primary problem, but the film decides that he has more and more problems as the narrative unfolds, and it becomes mind bendingly awkward as to what his motivation is, and why Franny has all these ulterior motives.
Is it his guilt? We are treated to several flashbacks and nightmare sequences featuring the accident that becomes his undoing, but in the real time narrative, it's barely mentioned, just knowing looks and 'Hmmm's' from the cast.
Gere is wonderful, it's a showcase for him, doing his usual blinky performance. His desperation as Franny is pretty grim, especially one scene were his need for a fix is horrifically apparent.
But why does it come as such a shock to everyone that he has this problem? Especially someone who has studied medicine, their addictive qualities, and the dangers of taking strong analgesia........especially when Franny has practically got on his knees, begged for it, and then made out it was a joke.......Read more ›
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It's always good to watch Richard Gere, but this is a disappointing movie. Some plot strands are left hanging, the most convincing scene was the pre-intro credits one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MRS SALLY KING