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Art of Travel (2008)

Christopher Masterson , Brooke Burns , Thomas Whelan  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Masterson, Brooke Burns
  • Directors: Thomas Whelan
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: FIRST LOOK PICTURES
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019T3DXC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Art of Travel" on IMDb

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Conner Layne (Christopher Masterson) is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, just not the one he planned on. Having discovered that his fiancée is having an affair with his best friend, he dumps her at the altar and heads off on his honeymoon solo. While experiencing the wonders that South America has to offer, including meeting two hot Swedish travelers and being robbed of all his money and belongings, he meets a friendly couple -- Darlene (Brooke Burns) and her husband Christopher (Johnny Messner) -- who are planning to cross the Darien Gap, a 100-mile-long streak of undeveloped jungle that separates Panama and Colombia, in record time with a ragtag group of foreigners. Conner decides to join the group of adventurers journeying through perilous landscape for the quest of a lifetime and gets more of an adventure then he bargained for.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The road is life June 29, 2009
By Nicolas
Format:DVD
For those of us lucky enough to have had a two week vacation turn into a 15 month voyage through some far away continent, this film really hits home. I have never encountered a film or book that was able to capture the peace and harmony that comes from the constant excitement and enjoyment of being absolutely free and exploring a world known by so few.

A great movie, for those that have been there.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring February 22, 2011
Format:DVD
I bought this movie at a going-out-of-business sale at a local video store. No expectations going in, but boy was I ever inspired. I've since watched the movie 5 more times, most recently, during a stint where I've been working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day. And yes, again, the movie moved and inspired me. Not every Hollywood endeavor needs to be an epic, special-effects masterpiece filled with the latest big screen heart-throbs. This movie is simple but compelling, moves along well, combines great scenery, a nice story-line, humor, intrigue and a little, I wish-I-were-there aspect to it. I was surprised at the negative reviews initially, but hey, everyone has different opinions. The movie is what it is. If you love adventure, the idea of travel, of life lived on the edge, with unexpected twists and turns; this movie has something for you. If you're in a rut and want a diversion, want something that might give you a sense that there is something else out there, you should probably watch it. Of the people I've recommended it to, all have liked it while one said it did have a B feel to it. And it does. Again, this is not To Kill A Mockingbird, or Shawshank Redemption, or Avatar. It is a good, fun movie that might just be right for you. Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy It for What It Is March 25, 2012
Format:DVD
I think Wesley Keller hit the nail on the head when he wrote in an earlier review:

"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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Travel December 26, 2010
By rayf
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Exceptional Movie. Dramatic, Funny, well acted. Beautiful cinematography. Loved it. Great Acting! Angelika Baran is superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars slow plot and too much profanity March 6, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I expected more scenic shots based on the reviews. I even fast forwarded to the middle of the movie, and didn't find any beautiful scenery. The plot failed to engage and the amount of profanity turned us off, so we soon decided to move on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars art of travel September 28, 2011
Format:DVD
i loved the movie.too bad you cant read the book.end made me sad but one must make ones choices.its worth watching just for the scenery at a couple bucks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could've been better August 19, 2011
Format:DVD
Not 4stars because I expected more from its synopsis. As a movie of personal and travel discovery, I hoped the character would share more philosophies of life, as well as more scenery. I also didnt expect most of the movie to take place in the jungle. There were scarce scenes of the Americas' beautiful landscape, and I assumed his travels would show many more worldly sights. Nonetheless, it's relaxing, enjoyable; the actors are quite authentic and the ending is a clever one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Who among us hasn't been struck by wanderlust at one time or another in our life, that burning desire to leave everything behind, at least for awhile and partake in the adventure of a lifetime?

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really tells travel like it is
This was on my wish list for some time. Man this movie does a good job of showing the highs and lows of long term travel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Quade Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie gets a true feel for the life on the road.
This was a really great little picture. I live as a full time traveler and they did a good job here! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Quade Baxter
1.0 out of 5 stars Almost the worst move ever!
The best part of the movie happens in the first 5-10 minutes and it's downhill from there. The story rambles on and on and seems to have no purpose. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lemon Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for those with wanderlust
I highly enjoyed this movie. Made me want to travel to central America and see Machu Pichu. I recommend this movie. Especially to help motivate you to get out there
Published 2 months ago by William H Bowdoin
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie
I loved this movie. It is so funny and such an adventure. I was recently on a cruise through the Panama Canal and I think this movie should be one of the ones shown on the ship... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tish
4.0 out of 5 stars fun movie
Great story, very fun and makes me want to travel! I loved the opening wedding scene, it was priceless. Definitely worth watching
Published 6 months ago by Brett1234
5.0 out of 5 stars A few lame deliveries add to the experience of a wonderful story
Excellent movie about travel, little corny when it touches on love the relationships of the main character. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cody J. Bookmiller
4.0 out of 5 stars This Guy Gets Around
Starting out with a wedding that doesn't take place, this is a wild ride all over the world to some interesting places. Very good and entertaining!
Published 8 months ago by Jericho Bob
2.0 out of 5 stars Item not as advertised.
When the movie arrived it had a sticker on it showing it was a previously viewed video. It also had a reference sticker on it as if it were part of a video rental library. Read more
Published 9 months ago by chuck phillips
1.0 out of 5 stars Non sympathetic characters and seemed like it was written by a 15 year...
Sophomoric and boring. Not worth your time. Definitely , not a 4 star movie. Soporific, the worst movie I have seen in years.
Published 15 months ago by librarian in the wild
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