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August
August
Actors: Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris, Adam Scott, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Andre Royo
Director: Austin Chick
Genres: Drama
R     2008     1hr 28min

AUGUST follows Tom Sterling (Josh Hartnett) as an aggressive, young dot-com entrepreneur who fights to keep his start-up company afloat. Tom finds himself on a personal and professional downward spiral as he struggles to ...  more »
     
     

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Actors: Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris, Adam Scott, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Andre Royo
Director: Austin Chick
Creators: Andrij Parekh, Pete Beaudreau, Charlie Corwin, David Guy Levy
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Family Life
Studio: First Look Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/26/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 9
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Tracy B. (MooVeeFreak) from CARTHAGE, TN
Reviewed on 3/24/2011...
The film mainly centers on the charismatic and arrogant character Tom Sterling [portrayed by Hartnett] trying to keep the Dotcom company he started with his genius brother afloat as it begins to fold, spending money frivolously to make it seem as though the company is doing well...all while trying to rekindle a romance with his ex-girlfriend Sarrah [portrayed by the beautiful Naomie Harris]. Great performance by Josh Hartnett - he was brilliant in this film, he delivered quite possibly his best performance and pretty much carried this film. Good supporting performances by Adam Scott ["Step Brothers","Party Down"], Andre Royo ["The Wire"], Robin Tunney ["Prison Break","The Craft"], Rip Torn ["Men In Black"], Emmanuelle Chriqui ["Entourage"], David Bowie [who was only in one scene--which he stole], and Naomie Harris ["Ninja Assassin","The Tomorrow People"].
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jeremy G.
Reviewed on 1/3/2011...
Good 9 out of 10!!
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jeanne S. (ijeanne) from FORT THOMAS, AZ
Reviewed on 4/5/2010...
This movie was shot beautifully, but I wasn't terribly impressed with it. The characterization was weak and left me uninterested in the (feeble) plot.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Fascinating cast, disappointing film.
Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 08/24/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I had wondered when a mainstream film would attempt to show the business sector just prior to 9/11, and this was advertised to be it - all the way down to the month name in the title. By itself August would mean nothing in a title unless it had something to do with what changes the world a couple weeks later.

The casting choices also peaked my interest with David Bowie, Rip Torn, Chirqui and Naomie Harris. Josh Hartnett plays the CEO of an Internet company going through significant financial troubles. He plays the front of the future being extremely bright and everything being OK, even though his company should have been folding yesterday. Especially once the mandated recovery deadline of September 14th passes, the world should be his oyster. With them actually mentioning an important date for their company, I thought the film might go that far chronologically, but they do not.

The story starts right out in the high gear Hartnett's character plays most of the film, but it quickly dissipates into boring subplots, tons of unanswered questions, and eventually really bad acting. Even Torn's performance was staged (on purpose I guess since he is way better than this). The one saving grace comes towards the end with David Bowie's three minutes on screen; he was very believable as the hostile takeover kind of guy. But he vanishes and the film comes to an ambiguous ending that never even alludes to the upcoming destruction. It just fades to black and you realize you just wasted 90 minutes. They do interject one CGI shot of the twin towers, but nothing else ties together to the title relevance.

Hartnett is adequate, but his upcoming role in I Come With the Rain looks significantly more challenging and productive. Chirqui's role was for two scenes, and Torn for just a few minutes. Overall, this can't be given a higher rating as honestly, nothing really happens."
WOW! Part II
James S. Wesholski | Grand Rapids, Michigan United States | 09/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The first three reviewers of this film could not be more wrong - I just had the chance to watch "August" and found it satisfying on every level. This is the kind of movie that I love - one that sneaks in under the radar and knocks my socks off. Josh Hartnett, while never impressing me much in past roles, knocks this one out of the park. If I was in charge of Academy Award selections, he would be nominated for Best Actor for this role. Don't miss this one."
Distinctly underappreciated
One-Line Film Reviews | Easton, MD | 11/10/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Bottom Line:

Weaving an unmistakable atmosphere of gloom over the story of an arrogant dot-commer attempting to keep his dying company afloat several months after most other such companies have collapsed, director Austin Chick elevates August into quite a little modern tragedy; it was panned by critics but between the electric performance by David Bowie in the film's final act, a wonderfully sour Rip Torn, and the aforementioned direction by Chick there is a great deal to like in this already-forgotten picture

3/4"