David W. Straight | knoxville, tennessee United States | 06/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a film that should have received a great deal more attention. It's shot mostly on location on Martha's Vineyard, and beautifully filmed. It's about relationships and the interaction between people--Beau Bridges as the husband, who can usually commute down from Boston on weekends, Helen Mirren as the psychologiccaly troubled wife with two young children, and Kyra Sedgwick as the au pair/mother's helper Bridges hires to cook and look after the kids, since Mirren cannot do so.
Sedgwick also has some deep-rooted psychological problems, and it is fascinating to watch Mirren emerge from her own problems to help Sedgwick. It's not an easy movie to watch--no murders or car chases to provide a counterpoint. The cast is stellar and the story is compelling, and by the end of the film you feel somewhat drained emotionally. A fine film!"
SB | Saxtons River, VT USA | 06/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Losing Chase is a movie about coming alive and the sharing of coming alive. The Helen Mirren character is in deep depression and her husband takes her and their children to their island home, Martha's Vineyard, for the summer. He commutes from his job on weekends so he hires a caretaker, Kyra Sedgwick, to look after her and the children. Sedgwick has her own issues and Mirren begins to recover as she changes positions with her. It is beautifully fllmed and wonderfully acted."
For Mirren Fans
Kathleen Mccarthy | NYC | 08/11/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, I agree with the review above----this is tough to watch-----Mirren is always so believable (a true actor who is "one" with the role, and the only other one I can think of off the cuff is Meryl Streep)and her abusiveness to the young mother's helper is so uncomfortable to view. Good pacing, and Beau is also quite good as the husband who loves his wife but is clueless. Now, I know that this is fantasy of "the movies," but Helen sure gets the younger lovers, doesn't she ? As Ayn Rand, Karen Stone, the new Shadowboxer flick----how fabulous that at 61 she is still considered sexy enough. I hope I am !"
Tanya Sonoqui | Tucson Az | 04/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with most that in the beginning it is a difficult movie to watch. Especially for a Helen Mirren fan. Chase Phillips' behavior is something to be desired but it certainly adds to the film. It's a beautiful work of art and I'm very happy to own it! Helen Mirren is, as always, a genius. And Kyra Sedgwick and Beau Bridges are wonderful as well. I highly Recommend it!"
No DVD extras, but you'll love this movie
E. Laway | Temecula, California United States | 07/28/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"From the surface, this movie is depressing, but there's nothing funny about mental illness or not finding yourself in this great big world. "Losing Chase" is one of those little known movies that you feel sad for because not a whole lot of people will get to see it. Even I don't know how I came about it, but I am a huge Hellen Mirren fan ever since "Excalibur." She shines in this movie, but Kevin Bacon in his directorial debut shows a lot of sensitivity in portraying these two women. The other being Kyra Sedgwick who plays the young, post grad parent helper. The setting is the gorgeous and languid Martha's Vineyard, if you've never been there, this movie will invite you to. The begining of the movie might be a little uncomfortable to watch as young Elizabeth(Sedgwick) is introduced and humilated by Chase. Then there's the angry pre-teen son who is just as ascerbic and nasty to his mother. There's a lot of sadness in these characters because they have been affected by mental illness, but it's their inner strength and their kindness to each other that ultimately triumphs. Sedgwick and Mirren have that rare chemistry that true professional actors can convey on screen. Highly recommended."