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In fact, it was quite different. It's a "real time" movie - Val Kilmer plays a thief who is waiting in a park. He has just finished his score, and is waiting for the buyer.
Much of the movie is him on the phone, trying to locate the buyer (there is a small twist here), talking to his ex-wife, ex-girlfriend, and child on the phone. The other major focus is a little boy he meets at the park, and they form a unique relationship. And there are some flashbacks which tell us how he ended up in the park.
Overall, though, it's frustrating. First, I don't know who decided that 90 minutes of waiting in the park & talking on the phone could be exciting to watch. Second, Val Kilmer plays a dumb thief, whose personal life was in ruin. His partner (on the phone) apparently has a mental disability - and it doesn't make much sense. Not only is it hard to believe that a world class thief would have sub-par intelligence, it's painful to watch Kilmer play this role.
But most importantly, I wish these directors would understand the fatal flaws with making flashback movies - we already know that the main character survives the scene (shootout, double-cross, etc) if he's standing there narrating the flashback. So where's the suspense?
If you're a huge Val Kilmer fan, you might want to see this just for the sake of it. Also, there's a cameo by Marg Helgenberger (Catherine Willows on CSI ). Some of the scenes with the boy were mildly cute. But I can't think of too many good things to say about the film. The action here was sparse, the drama drags on ... it's all just a bit drab. Difficult and frustrating to watch.
Most of the film is spent with Val Kilmer walking, sitting, or phoning in the park. There's a supposed deep relationship he builds with a young boy in the park. I'm certain the director meant for this to be symbolic. The story of how Val got to this point is told in repeated flashbacks (some of the flashback events are shown more than once). There is some mystery in the story line, and for those brave souls that decide to watch this, I won't spoil the ending. Kilmer is dead man walking as the film progresses. The last 5 minutes are what elevate this film from one star stinker to a just bad two star film.
I picked this film up because I happen to like Val Kilmer and Marg Helgenberger (China Beach and CSI). It was disappointing to say the least. Marg spends most of the film behind a reception desk at some office. Her scenes are all from the exact same camera location, a one shot.Read more ›
Agree entirely with all the former comments, only to add my own disgust with the production values.
Shaky cameras obviously only included as it is a bit of a fad at present and split screens ugh! Much of Val Kilmers dialogue also very muffled when wearing an overcoat....Did this movie have an experienced Sound Team?
A story that relies on almost throughout, the actors engaged in telephone conversations over and over again.
I see "Kilmer Films" somewhere in the credits. Let's hope this fine actor keeps a much tighter lid on what the company does in the future.
I have managed to tick one star above and that is for the image quality. The pictures and film transfer are very good....That's it and only it!
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Very good movie. It's not an action movie if that's what you're looking for. It's a movie about choices we've made, regrets we have and looking to our future happiness.Published 3 months ago by Laura G.
I bought this DVD because an actor, Michael Muhney, was in it. The film has problems with the screenplay. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sylviastel
What an unwatchable pile of crap. Val Kilmer should be issuing an apology to everyone who had to suffer through even one minute of this nonsense. Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by Thoughtful Reviewer
Val Kilmer is good in any movie he stars in. I especially liked his interaction with the little boy. Good movie. I recommend this to others.Published on February 13, 2013 by Good Student
Fairly good movie. Moves a bit slow at times. Some tender moments here and there between John and his daughter. Good movie to watch on a rainy day.Published on February 7, 2012 by Jule Kijek
Disheartening to see how things have panned out for Val Kilmer. He was one of those top-tier acting studs that seemed destined to be the Robert Redford of his generation. Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by MadMacs
My expectations for this film were low, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The script won several awards, and the acting, especially in the scenes between Kilmer and Thompson... Read morePublished on March 20, 2011 by C. L. Schneider
For another movie of Val! I love to just look at him! hahaha Got here in wonderful time in great shape, too!Published on March 8, 2010 by White Bird
Despite tampering from the producer against the cast and directors wishes, this great character study turned out great. Kilmer is a marvel to watch. Read morePublished on September 15, 2009 by M. Gibb