A very mixed bag - but worth the effort for one thing
suzvoy | London, England | 08/13/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This film can best be summed up with a simple two-word phrase:Nice try.Allow me to explain.SPOILERS AHEAD! IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW, DON'T READ!TJ (James Marshall) is on his way to becoming a well-established and well-known musician, his specialties being the keyboard and the guitar. He and his band have begun to get the recognition they have worked so hard for, and the future looks bright.Viewers note: when the future starts to look bright or in the smallest bit rosy, you can guarantee something bad is about to happen.Something bad happens.Bet you didn't see that coming.Late for a performance after canoodling with his girlfriend (Paige Turco, later to turn up on `American Gothic' and `NYPD Blue'), he unfortunately gets involved in an incident with a gang of thugs that ends up with TJ losing both his hands.Needless to say, TJ is incredibly upset, not knowing how to go on without being able to express his `talents'. After his girlfriend freezes up when he touches her with his new artificial hands, he leaves home.Finding himself in the city he lives on the streets, spending most of his time drunk and trying to clean car windows. One afternoon he crawls into a building and snoozes, until loud music wakes him. It seems that at night the building turns into the setting for a rave, and TJ has found himself smack bang in the middle of one.Enter Anamika (Christina Applegate). Her real name is Marie or something, but I guess Anamika is easier to say...Seeing TJ is clearly not sure of what's going on, she leads him outside to get some air...eventually, through a whole pile of incidents I'm not going to get into (yes, it was boring and tedious and this review will end up the same way), he moves in with her so he can dry out and no longer be dependant on alcohol.It's here where we meet the people who live in the same building as Anamika:Zina (Faye Grant): The landlady, who despite - or because of - her defensiveness, seems to have a thing for Simeon. Also has a thing for metal and performance art.Geek/Leonard (some guy): A geek - computer whiz, technological whiz, glasses, always wears a white shirt. A computing cliché.Simeon (Scott Cohen, who incidentally also turns up on NYPD Blue before this film as one character, and after it as another, but is best known as Wolf from `The 10th Kingdom'): The ladies man with a heart of gold. A new girl every day but that's why they love him ("He's a tramp, but they love him..."), and he protects and sticks up for his friends.I describe this at the top as `worth the effort for one thing'; Scott Cohen is the one thing.For all the films good intentions - the fact that life is worth living after disability, true love can happen anywhere - there's an itty, bitty, little problem.It sucks.If James Marshall gets any less expressive, he'll fall into a coma. His hairdo is straight out of the 80's (even after he has it cut). The metal hands made for him are so OBVIOUSLY too big and clumsy for him to play the keyboard with the required accuracy. Christina Applegate's character believes in karma, in spirituality - that's fine. But I know people who also believe in those things and not a single one of them speaks the way she does - as if her head were stuck up something unpleasant because she's so full of herself.But it's not all bad news.The actor who plays Geek is actually quite good, as is TJ's girlfriend, effectively showing her unintentional reaction to his hands. Faye Grant is great as Zina, and then, of course, we come to Mr Scott Cohen.Ah, thank heavens. I make no secret of my admiration for Mr Cohen's work, and I'll continue to make it no secret right now.Simeon is...probably best described as an intelligent Joey from `Friends'. Or, a ruder version of Wolf from `The 10th Kingdom'.In fact, Simeon is startlingly close in characterisation to Wolf. Energetic, enthusiastic, acting on his impulses as often as he can, but also fiercely protective of those he loves.The big difference? Wolf is saving himself for the right woman. Simeon finds the right woman - or more - every day.Personally, I think the right woman for Simeon would be Zina. The chemistry and dialogue between them is terrific, and that goodbye kiss was very revealing.Not that I spend that much time thinking about it.Really.Or it could just be that I'm an obsessive compulsive with a Scott Cohen fixation.Either way, he's the reason the film gets three stars. I do want to give it five, but the bulk of it just drags the score right down.Piece of advice: just watch Simeon's scenes. Cute, charming, funny, best lines, nice guy. If you do decide to watch the whole thing, watch it with a group of friends and make fun of it. Believe me, it's VERY entertaining.Rounding up...let's return to the beginning...nice try, but as they say, no cigar. And I'm convinced that absolutely no one involved with the movie has EVER been to a rave. But what do I know?"
Best music possible
timothy j delia | OR, USA | 05/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"ok first off great acting but the music was banging i would love to get a hold of the soundtrack if its possible the song when he comes out as cyberstorm for the fist time i love that song anyone knows how holla at me"
Vibrations w/Christina Applegate
firstname.lastname@example.org | Pleasanton, CA | 07/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I seen this movie on Showtime and it blew me away. Christina Applegate is really underrated as an actress. She gives a phenomenol performance. The story line is fantastic and it's a movie that makes you think about life and your place in it. I highly recommend it and I hope it comes out on VHS again or DVD to buy."
This movie is my all-time favorite
email@example.com | 01/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this movie has such a touching plot,that it will grab you.The tragic things this guy has to go through really makes you hope for a happy ending...good music also a bonus"