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Actors: Cillian Murphy, Susan Sarandon, Ellen Page, Bill Pullman, Keith Carradine
Genres: Mystery & Suspense
John Skillpa, a quiet bank clerk living in tiny Peacock, Nebraska, prefers to live an invisible life. Then, in a moment, everything changes. A train caboose runs off its tracks and crashes into John?s backyard and destroys... more »
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Steven H. (sehamilton) from BIRMINGHAM, AL
Reviewed on 11/4/2011...
While Cillian Murphy does a fine job of acting, the rest of the cast is pedestrian at best. The John/Emma character(s) is creepy and unnerving. Quirky without any answers or resolution, be prepared to simply "experience" the film without fully understanding it. Not a film I would watch a second time. 2 out of 5 stars.
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Way Off Beat
Eric Sanberg | Berwyn, IL United States | 04/23/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As you can see by the previous reviews, the opinions are greatly varied. They all have merit but I have to say I liked it more than I didn't like it.
As for the issue of multiple or fractured personalities, I don't have the expertise to say whether or not they exist, but it is the crux of this film so, depending on your views on the matter, you may need to suspend your disbelief.
Yes. You get, right off the bat, the strong connection to Psycho. Abused son plus dead mom equals crazy son. This son, played by Cillian Murphy will make or break this one for you. Susan Sarandon is present but she's doing what she can with a rather small part. Bill Pullman seems unnecessarily weird and Ellen Page does a very good job even though she's only in a couple of scenes. This is Murphy's movie. The way he plays the parts of John and Emma, I felt, were tremendous. He's screwed up and trapped in a self imposed prison. Through a trick of fate he almost finds a way out through his alter ego Emma. But you see the torment in him and you realize how precarious the situation is. One false move and the whole thing comes crashing down.
The writer/director Michael Lander ripped a couple of pages out of the David Lynch book of film making but as I tend to like Lynch, I wasn't at all bothered. It's a good idea for a movie and all aspects of the production are professional. The soundtrack is way cool and the bones don't show. This is a good, solid, imaginative film. It clocks in at 90 minutes so it won't tax your patience.
But beware. This is not for the casual viewer. If you're into popcorn kind a flix this may not be your cup of tea. If way off beat films are your poison, give it a shot."
Academy nominee for leading actor
Geraldine Richardson | Managua, Nicaragua | 05/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The plot of the movie is a dark pscychological thriller without your usual graphic gore and expected hollywood shocker ending. The story deals with an alter ego or split personality in a man that was abused as a child by his mother. Murphy's performance as Emma is superb. He makes you believe you are watching the transformation of a beautiful, shy and soft spoken woman into a secure, assertive one. I cannot think of any other actor who could have pulled this off as beautifully as he did, since he does have an incredible talent and androgynous features with wig and drag. If you want to watch a great and unique performance, you wont be disappointed."
A. Szarka | Hawaii | 04/28/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw the preview for this movie and then bought it the same day. I like it, though it does remind me of Psycho. The guy has a split personality, always fun to witness, and doesn't know what the other is doing. He was more creepy as himself than as his mom/wife. Susan Sarandon and Ellen Page both did a fine job in this film as well. It's creepy and strange, so of course this movie is good enough to watch and enjoy."