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Buddy is stirred out of sleep by sirens, he quickly turns on the television to find out the plane he was supposed to be on has crashed, killing all the passengers.
Tormented by what has happened, Buddy turns to booze, eventually landing him in rehab. Once sober, Buddy sets out to meet Abby (Gwyneth Paltrow), the wife of Greg. After a brief stalking period, the two actually talk and begin falling in love. But all is not so perfect for this couple, as a videotape of Buddy and Greg at the airport surfaces, throwing Abby into a state of wonder, and confusion.
"Bounce" is not the cute movie the trailer's depicted, but actually a dark love story, that is somewhat creepy. Affleck, and Paltrow are likable in their roles, and they do work well together, but it isn't enough to carry the whole movie.
If there is nothing else to watch, "Bounce" will pass the time, but many will come away from the film disappointed.
In a moment of wild abandon, Buddy gives his ticket to Greg who then boards the plane in his stead. Unfortunately, this act of seeming generosity by Buddy has dire consequences, as the plane crashes and Greg is killed. When Buddy later discovers this turn of events, it is a moment of reckoning for him, and he goes into a personal downward spiral.
A year later, after a stint in rehab to get his drinking under control, he seeks out Greg's widow, Abby, played by Gwyneth Paltrow. Still feeling guilty over Greg's death, Buddy seeks redemption by doing something nice for Greg's widow, who, as the single parent of two young boys, is now trying to make ends meet as a real estate agent. He gives her a sizable real estate commission to handle, though she is unqualified, and soon they begin dating and fall in love. At this juncture, Buddy has still not told her that their meeting was not kismet.
To make a long story short, Abby discovers, in a rather unpleasant way, the part that Buddy played in Greg having been on that fatal flight. The movie then goes south. What had started out promisingly enough, takes a strange twist. While there is, undeniably, chemistry between the two stars, which explains their off screen romance, their sizzle is not enough to keep this movie on even keel, and the movie begins to flatline. Notwithstanding the eleventh hour fizzle, however, it is still a moderately enjoyable movie.
That's called good acting.
The film follows a selfish and arrogant (albeit successful) ad exec that trades places with a beat down family man venturing home. I don't mean they `trade places', I mean that they literally `trade places'. Wanting to stay behind and get some tail, Buddy (our self centered executive) lets Greg (our family man) have his seat on the next flight back home. When that said plane crashes and Greg dies, Buddy goes a little crazy. What happens next is a tad odd yet strangely understandable. Buddy, after going in and then getting out of rehab, decides to place himself inside Greg's widow's life. He feels so guilty for Greg's death that he wants to shred away his selfishness and do something right, although his actions could be considered selfish as well (a theme I really wish had a little more depth here).
Here's why I understand despite the fact that it essentially doesn't make sense. Having met Greg, heard his story and had that personal connection to him, I can see why Buddy feels responsible. He had a face to go with the name. His actions (giving Greg the ticket) were selfish (if he didn't want the tail he would have never given Greg the ticket) and so he wanted to find some peace. That said, if he had gotten on the plane he would have died at the hands of his own selfishness anyways, so it's a tad lose-lose here.Read more ›
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This movie is filled with lies and deceit!! Lying to Abbey was bad enough, but he lies to her kid about his father. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mint snow
Bounce arrived in the time they said it would. I was very happy about that. Toward the end of the movie, the picture started lagging and the words didn't match the movement of the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by shelly guillot
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