Art of Travel
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A great movie, for those that have been there.
Synopsis: Such is the case for Conner Layne, a young man on the verge of marriage just weeks before entering college. When he discovers his bride-to-be has been unfaithful he literally leaves her at the altar, goes to the airport and asks the question at the ticket both that we would all love to utter, "Where's your next flight to?" And so begins young Conner's adventure into the jungles of Latin America.
Critique: `The Art of Travel" (2008) held my rapt interest from beginning to end. As with most independent films there probably aren't any names you'll recognize but a few faces maybe vaguely familiar. The star of this little gem is Christopher Masterson (Conner) who appeared as the oldest brother in the popular `Malcom in the Middle' television series. His character is likable, believable and surprisingly vulnerable. His jungle companion and new love interest Angelika Baran also delivers a memorable performance and her stunning good looks certainly doesn't hurt. Actually the entire cast does a wonderful job and despite what some other reviewers have written about this film there's definitely nothing amateurish about it on any level. At least that's my opinion. By the way, there's some beautiful scenic sequences as well.
"Picking up where most movies of the genre fail to go, 'The Art of Travel' leaves a message that instead of deep philosophy and overwhelming drama we should just 'relax, have a beer and see what happens next'..."
This isn't a deep, dramatic flick with a genius director and tortured lead. Nor is there some big conflict to drive the plot forward. There are no villains to defeat, no big problems to resolve. The movie moves along almost as aimlessly as Conner's travels. But like Conner's journey, it's a fun and sometimes sentimental trip.
I suspect that the reviewers who didn't appreciate the movie watched with disappointed expectations. Yep, the movie's puerile at times. Yep, it's not very meaningful. Yep, the insights it offers up may not be life-changing. And, yep, there are some cliched plot devices. For all that I enjoyed "The Art of Travel" and have been inspired to give in to my own wanderlust and spirit of adventure more often.
"The Art of Travel" begins with groom-to-be Conner Layne (Christopher Masterson) examining his choices in life while at the alter with his Bride-to-be. This is the hook for Conner's soul searching adventure as he embarks on his honeymoon by himself, switching his ticket from the tame waters of Cancun for Managua Nicaragua. This 9 week journey through Central America leaves him robbed, broke, but with a cultural group of new friends nobody could ever forget. In Panama he meets Chris Loren (Johnny Messner) and his wife Darlene(Brooke Burns) who are looking for one more traveler to join their expedition to cross The Darien Gap - a swath of jungle betwen Panama & Columbia where no roads exist and conditions turn from benign to deadly in a matter of seconds. Their master plan is to break a World Record by driving a Jeep through this dangerous part of the world. Conner finds himself on board for the 369 day trip with six other foreign travelers who are seeking the fruit of adventure, battling heavy rain, deadly switchbacks, swollen rivers,bugs,revolutionaries and a few practical jokes.
Picking up where most movies of the genre fail to go, "The Art of Travel" leaves a message that instead of deep philosophy and overwhelming drama we should just "relax, have a beer and see what happens next," effectively expressed by Conner's dad (Ernie Lively). Where "The Beach" examines that utopian travel is impossible, "Art of Travel" suggests that if you set a goal anything is possible.Read more ›
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Beautiful scenery. Nice story. Kind of slow though still interesting.Published 23 days ago by R. Tuel
I won't go into any of the details, just watch it. It's worth it.Published 1 month ago by artemio salas
thought it seemed a bit cheesy in the first ten minutes...give it a chance. been there, done it, love it. deviate;)Published 2 months ago by Tyler Durden Jr
Definitely enjoyable. Gives you a real sense of the wonder that comes upon any and all who learn to love traveling the world.Published 3 months ago by Isaac Fox
The locations feel real so the lightweight story holds together. Enjoyable.Published 6 months ago by M.A.