Dragonfly (Widescreen)
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2004
Kevin Costnor finally in a movie that shows you that he can act, a reminder of the days when he did films like "Dances with Wolves" and "The Bodyguard".

Dragonfly is like neither of the above, some people have compared it with "The Sixth Sense" and found it wanting, however that is a little unfair as this is not a movie about ghosts as such, rather it is about belief, life after death and the power of love.

When his wife is killed in a freak accident in South America, Dr. Joe Darrow is left only with memories for her body was not recovered from the wreckage of the bus that claimed her life and that of her fellow Red Cross workers.

But Joe finds that he is getting signs, he is seeing things in the house he once shared with his wife not to mention the children who have had near death experiences talk about his wife Emily and a rainbow, along with an odd little wavery cross they keep drawing when they come back to the land of the living.

Joe thinks he is going mad, his friends think he is going mad but eventually Joe finds himself following what he soon realises are clues to a puzzle that he must unravel if he is ever to have peace of mind.

A visit to a remote village in South America reveals the truth about Emily's death and the surprising legacy she left behind.

An excellent cast with Kath Bates in a tough but soft centred cookie role as Dr Darrow's friend Mrs Belmont and a short but sweet showing of the brilliant and often understated actress Linda Hunt as the nun Sister Madeline who makes Dr Darrow realise that there is more to life and death than heaven and earth can ever explain.

There are no spectacular special effects in this film though there are some genuinely spooky moments which will make you jump and though the ending is a little bit syrupy for my taste it doesn't make the film any less watchable.

Not a film I would have gone to the movies to see but one I enjoyed watching on DVD.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2002
Dragonfly is a really good film. Kevin Costner gives a powerful performance as Dr. Joe Darrow. Kathy Bates does a great job as Joe's helpful neighbor, Miriam Belmont. Susanna Thompson also does a great job as Dr. Emily Darrow. The director, Tom Shadyac, also dis a fantastic job.
The DVD is really good, but what else would you expect from Universal. The picture quality is crystal clear. The sound is aas good as ever on a DVD. The special features include: an audio commentary by the director, deleted scenes, a featurette on the making of the movie, and much more.
Dragonfly is about Dr. Joe Darrow who is having trouble believing his wife is dead. Everyone around him tries to help, but he wont accept it. One night in the hospital he hears a little boy yell "JOE!". All of a sudden a boy flatlines and is rushed into the emergency room. They believe he's dead. Dr. Joe walks ur to him and he comes alive. The next day he goes to see the little boy. The little boy says he saw him in the emergency room the night before, but that he saw him from the roof. He said that his wife had something ergent to tell him. The little boy couldn't remember what it was. Joe's misson is now to find out what his wife wanted him to know. Many eerie things happen that he can't explain.
Overall Dragonfly is A+ work. The story is so original and the actors sink into their characters. This movie is worth the rent and certainly worth the buy. Hope you like the movie, becuase I definately did. Thanks!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I had heard really bad things about this film, but I decided to give it a chance anyway. It was definitely worth that chance! This movie was the story an emergency room doctor who finds out that his pregnant wife has died while she was in Venezuela on a humanitarian mission. He begins to receive messages from his wife in the form of symbols drawn by little kids who've gone "halfway to Heaven" and talked to her, and from various other methods. He begins to question if his wife even died.
It's a little confusing in some points, but in the end everything falls into place, and you'll be either in tears or near tears because it is just so sweet and kinda sad. A definite must-see, though!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2002
Normally Amazon member reviews reflect my opinions about movies, hence my shock at really enjoying this film. Based on these dismal reviews, I bought it only because it was on sale pre-viewed, and watched it when my wife was safely elsewhere, lest I ruin an evening.
With certain films, one generally gets out of it what one takes in. I went in with no preconceptions, and was utterly stunned by this thrilling movie and its superb ending. I now wish I had seen this on the big screen.
Yes, a lot of the events in this movie have been done before, but this is a really good flick and I recommend it without hesitation.
There. I had to say something.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2002
"Dragonfly" is a movie I didn't hear much about before going to see. The main reason I went is because I enjoy films about the supernatural and this one didn't disappoint. When Joe loses his wife in a bus accident, he is unable to get past her death. A disbeliever, he is sure that he will never see her again until he begins to visit a children's ward and begins to receive messages through the dying children. From there on, he has to struggle with these signs and visitations, trying to figure out what is happening to him and if she still might be alive.
This film is very frightening and the building suspense works very well. Its a subtle yet frightening film that will give you goosebumps if you watch it late at night. Both frightening and at the end uplifting, its a great film with a superb performance by Kevin Costner. To me this is one of his better films. I won't give away the ending other than to say it is very touching.
All in all, a great film for one that is interested in the supernatural and near death experiences. Dragonfly is a frightening and great film!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2002
Dragonfly is one of those rare sleeper films about the supernatural and spiritual that comes and goes in the theatre without much of a buzz (no pun intended)!Or even if it did make a buzz was somehow forgotten by the movie going public ! While it's been compared to everything ever made in the film world about ghosts and the afterlife one thing remains to make it stand apart from the rest; It truly does tell a damn good story from beginning to end. The way it was directed and written keeps the viewer guessing to the very end as to what's inside the "rainbow" or at the end of the rainbow ! As astute as I like to think that I am when watching this genre of film even I wanted to know where Joe (Kevin Costner) was going (insane or to an actual place spiritual or otherwise)...Was his character's wife alive or dead ? I still could not figure out where the ending was leading to, until...well, just watch the film !
Performance by Costner is, well Kevin Costner playing Kevin Costner,...which means that unless you're a fan of his (which I've never been) or enjoy films of the spiritual and supernatural then this will satisfy. Kathy Bates' neighbor/lawyer supporting role is cynical yet caring who watches out for Joe (and "Big Bird") but begins to seriously think he's loosing his grip on reality !She insists that he "move on" and "go on a trip". At times, the film could use a little more "moving along" but it still captivates the viewer's attention !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 21, 2003
This was a great movie from the standpoint of taking a relatively original idea and running with it. Kevin Costner plays a doctor, who, after his wife's tragic death, is perplexed when a rash of "supernatural" events take place in his home and the hospital he works in. He believes his wife may be trying to connect to him in some way, but others are skeptical, believing that there is some rational explanation for the occurances. He continues to look for clues and tries to uncover the truths about his wife's death.
One negative about this movie was the apparent lack of depth to some characters. Kevin Costner, in his role as Joe, seems to just be going through the motions at times, rather than acting. It is not a problem that detracts from the overall impression of the movie, but it is a slight problem nonetheless. Also, I felt like Joe's supervisor at the hospital was kind of a "stock" character, playing the mean-spirited supervisor who tells Joe he needs to take a break from his role as doctor and then gets angry with Joe when Joe tries to go back to the hospital.
Another negative is the ending. This could have been done better. It just seemed kind of far-fetched. I won't give it away, you'll just have to see it yourself and decide.
Despite the negatives, this was an enjoyable movie to watch. It was finally one of those movies that was both gripping and enlightening at the same time. There are a few "edge-of-your-seat" parts when Joe is alone in the house (when he doesn't really feel alone). However, they don't overdo these, and most of the story concentrates on the plot. Joe's journey is discovering what life and death truly mean.
Rating : 3 1/2
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2002
I can't believe this movie is excellent , because it stars kevin costner. this guy is probably a good actor but has made wrong script choices in past which made me a little hesitant to rent this film from my local blockbuster , but i thought why not give kevin another chance i mean come on don't we all, so i did was'nt dispointed . the story use the temporal & spritual plain as compass suggests that we use both to gain where we are & where were going . i wish i would have seen this one in the theater it's a gem i think the director ought to stay in genre rather than dabble in comedies i was'nt happy with the nutty professor or too thrilled with liar , lair it was ok but this was one of his better ones . the cast was great & believable such moving picture, i'd recommended this one if you like m night stuff this is in the same vein sort of.. i'd rent or buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2002
This is an uplifting tale of one man's journey to find out what his wife has been trying to communitcate to him from beyond the grave. It is not particularly scary (save a scene or 2), but the acting is strong and the dialog is good. There are some special effects but not many, and very little action. The film relies on its dialog, its plot, and its lush and attractive sceneries to keep the viewer interested. Normally I am not a fan of these type of movies, but I liked this one and here is why: This movie does not try to be funny, does not try to be a tearjerker (although maybe a little in the end...), and does not try to overwhelm you with FX. It is just a thriller with a plot that I have never seen done before, that carries a message of inspiration. It was done quite elegantly and was an excellent way to spend a couple of hours.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2002
It seems that whenever Hollywood produces something that is deserving of that vague label "spiritual" that critics blast it and it is received negatively by movie goers. I always wind up disagreeing with the critics and the popular opinion.
I thought DRAGONFLY was a great movie. Costner gave a very deep, reflective performance as did the children in the movie, Kathy Bates, and the Catholic nun. I think Tom Shadyac did a great job on this, his first drama. As Costner's character realizes more and more what is going on, the audience goes with him and it's pretty darn exciting in my opinion. Sure, we have a pretty good idea what's up, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. The ending is pretty action packed and contains a few nice surprises. All in all, I really liked this one.
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