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|Reign Over Me |
Actors: Rae Allen, Jonathan Banks, Paul Butler, Don Cheadle, John deLancie
Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith and Liv Tyler star in this heart-rending story about Charlie Fineman (Sandler), who has slipped away from reality after the sudden loss of his wife and children. But Charlie?s ... more »
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Reviewed on 12/12/2007...
Don't think you know what Adam Sandler is capable of until you see this movie! He deserves an award for this portrayal. If you want to know what a true broken heart looks and acts like, watch this movie. People say time heals all wounds, not in Charlie's case. It's been years since his entire family was killed in the 9/11 attacks and in response to not being able to live without them he creates his own reality, where he actually doesn't have to live in the moment, because he can't. It was painful to watch Charlie take one step forward, then two steps back, but you'll still be rooting for him no matter what.
Tho his friend, Alan's, motives are mainly selfish, he still cares deeply for his friend, and stands by him when many others would have walked. He's rewarded by actually coming to see that the reality he's created for his life is also preventing him from living in the moment.
It's brilliant to watch 2 men, with so much in common, exhibit it in such different ways, and walk the same path toward healing. Really lovely and moving film.
A compelling and compassionate film that also has its humoro
Steven Hedge | Somewhere "East of Eden" | 10/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although I found this film to be powerful, I do have some issues with it that may displease Sandler fans.
I will dispense with any film synopsis here as Amazon's review is about as perfect as you can get. It is a must read, so do so. My focus here is my personal take on the film as a former New Yorker who has yet to deal with his own losses from 9/11, and as someone who is not a Adam Sandler fan.
Let me begin with all that is wrong with this film and then go to all that is right and right enough that I highly recommend this film in spite of its flaws. For starters, Adam Sandler is not my favorite actor, dramatic or otherwise. However, I absolutely admired him in Click and thought that kind of comedy/drama was perfect for him and I even thought he should have received a Best Actor nod for that work (but that genre rarely gets properly noticed).
This film, however, IS NOT the kind of drama for Sandler even though I will say he had some very compelling moments and was good overall. The problem I have is that I don't think it was a stretch for him to act childish as a grown man in this film where he felt the need to retreat to a more gentle time. He was simply being Sandler there. His dramatic moments ranged from believable and compelling to silly and over-the-top. He was not consistent. He was simply a distraction to a terrific story that should have been more the focus.
My other issue with this film is the heavy-handed handling of Sandler's psychological problems and overly simplistic dialogue at times, such as, "It hurts me to remember things." Oh, please! I cringe at lines like that in a serious film about mental disorders as it makes the illness seem all too easy to treat and it's not. Besides, no one talks like that. In addition, the film tries too hard to be a comedy/drama with the storyline about the dentist, played by Don Cheadle, who is being sexually harassed by a patient. Hey, I'm not saying it isn't funny; I found it hysterical. I just think it was a poor fit with the dramatic components of this particular story. The comedy/drama genre is always a tough one in which to strike a balance between everyday humor that can be found within a tragic situation. This film, I think, failed to do that effectively.
Okay, enough bashing of this film. Why in the world would I give four stars to a film in which I could write so many negative comments? That's easy, the story itself is compelling and poignant. It speaks volumes for the many survivors of 9/11 who became indirect victims on that day. Many of them have a voice, but have lost it somehow. We ALL lost something that day: many lost friends and loved ones, and others lost a sense of security and others even innocence. The effects of that day continue to ripple out like a boulder thrown into the center of a calm lake. More than just our landscaped changed that day and this film sensitively handles all that I've mentioned in addition to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the value of friendship and compassion.
The performance by Sandler, while distracting and uneven, is good and even very good sporadically in this film. He looks scarily like Bob Dylan here, but that's a side note. He's simply okay enough to carry the role even though I think he was miscast and that this role was a bit beyond him. Don Cheadle, who was robbed of an Oscar for his subtle but powerful performance in Hotel Rwanda, is very good here. He isn't asked to bring any enormous depth to his character, but Cheadle always delivers well whatever he is asked to do. I never miss a film he's in and neither should you. Jada Picket Smith (AKA Mrs. Will Smith) continues to grow as an actress with quiet, but meaningful roles like this one. She has successfully been moving away from those loud, in-your-face roles that plagued her early career.
The direction is confident enough, if not a bit pedestrian at times. The film is delivered much like The Pursuit of Happyness was delivered. It has a TV-movie feel, but it is executed well. The film isn't perfect by any means, however, it is a small but important film and I'm glad that I watched it.
In conclusion and on a personal note, it important to observe that we all lost something on 9/11, some indirectly and some directly. As former New Yorkers, my wife and I lost co-workers, friends, and a sense of security oddly found in the skyline of that great city that no longer looks as it did when we last were there. We both worked in and around The World Trade Centers (I actually witnessed them be built). I worked at the base in a department store and my wife worked on the 96th floor for a bank. It's hard to imagine that most of our co-workers and friends from there are gone. I have yet to return to New York, but I know I will one day; I must. In the meantime, I find films like this one to be an emotional outlet, a reminder of the fragility of life and the evil man is capable of committing, and the fight to survive that is in all of us.
Ron | Jersey | 03/28/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My wife wanted to see this movie so I went not expecting much. I was really suprised at how much I liked the film. For those of you who hate Sandler's comedy, he is going for a full dramatic role in this film and he is quite good. Yes there are some humurous moments and Sandler does have a funny line or two, but this is truly a drama. The story is about friendship. Even though it appears it is about how Sandler can't handle the grief over the lose of his family on 9/11, it is also just as much about Cheadle coming to grips with his own life which is not where he wants it to be. It is about them helping each other. Not a perfect story, but a tale well told and well acted all the way around."
Douglas D. Lewis | 10/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While I am personally disappointed at the amount of people that require bombs and crotch jokes to keep them entertained. I have read every review to this point and I find that everyone that doesnt like the movie is upset that a story about real life drama is actually (wait for it) real. The subtle storyline of a broken man whose only hope and solice is a friend that he can't even remember shakes the very foundation of what is considered to be normal. We all wish for a great story were the guy gets the girl and everyone lives happily ever after. The truth behind this movie is that it is honest to life and shows just that. That not everyone is always happy and not every person goes through a horrible situation and comes out on the other side with a smile.
Adam Sandler does a terrific job of showing the subtle nature of just who a person can become. To go from being a well respected dentist to being a closet hermite crab. If you truely do not understand this, than please send 5 minutes and watch when Sandler finally explains his family. The emotion, the pain and the thoughts. While this scene is happening you think of how you would reply to such a travesty. How you would cope with life.
Excluding the main storyline, this movie is still a great story. A husband lost in life, scared to fully to commit to his wife of many years. Even more terrified of show his actual weakness to anyone let alone himself. So scared infact that he will not see a psychologist but, hides outside of one's office for a few minutes of conversation.
I recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. I am still not an Adam Sandler fan but, this movie shows me he can actually show emotion."