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Egoyan's movies often seem located underwater, in some surreal dreamscape where one's breath is perpetually suspended while a slow horror seeps ever deeper under the skin. Helpless, transfixed, one watches as his characters drive inexorably toward mined intersections where lives and souls may be lost or redeemed. When Hilditch's path crosses, diverges from, and finally coincides with that of young, pregnant Felicia (Elaine Cassidy)--an Irish innocent searching for her errant boyfriend--it leads to terrible epiphany for these fellow travelers. Trouble is, creepy Hilditch and too-naive Felicia come up a bit short in the psychological complexity department, so by film's end, revelatory payoffs are mostly penny ante. Felica's Journey tours familiar Egoyan territory--an industrialized wasteland full of hungry hearts--but this latest fairy tale (think perverse variations on Hansel and Gretel) isn't in the same league with such "family values" masterpieces as Exotica or The Sweet Hereafter. --Kathleen Murphy
- Making-Of Featurette
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Atom Egoyan is a film maker i never really liked in his early work, witch had too much of a art house stink to them for my taste, but with his recent outings (far more conventional ones) The Sweet Hereafeter and Journey, he has vastly impressed as a fine cinematic storyteller, who never forces the subject upon the viewer. He just presents a good story, in a simple manner, for all those willing to listen and watch.
The DVD is of good quality. Looks great. The extras are fine but negligible. All of the cast interviews are already in the short featurette, save a few brief comments. It would have been better just to make the featurette longer and include the interviews in whole. Hilditch's video collection just offers basically what we see in the movie, only with very annoying black fades breaking up the conversation. A video fast forward or tape break would have looked better than the fades.
Journey by no means breaks new ground in storytelling or subject matter, but it succeeds as a fine tale of a innocent young girl and a deadly man, who both are confused with how to function in this world.
I have to say Hoskins is brilliant. I can't imagine any other actor doing any better than he in this role. You are convinced he is totally "off the track" as you see him preparing those impressive convoluted meals while watching hid dead mother's cooking show re-runs.
As he manipulates the turkey skin and pierces the trussing needle through the rack of lamb there is no doubt he is full of hate and revulsion for his mother but also filled with an obsession about her for which he has little control.
He is at once, menacing, charming and pathetic and his inner demons are juxtaposed alongside Elaine Cassidy's character's innocence and childlike trusting nature.
I thought the movie was very well done, VERY unusual and a suspenseful thriller in a sort of Hitchcock genre but without the blood and gore.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really need to get around to securing the Egoyan boxset on bluray. The problem is this isn't on it either. But this is one of his very best films. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Crank
-----I am extremely happy with this Seller and this product. I recommend both highly. ---JimPublished 11 months ago by James W. Milburn
A young Irish girl is failed by her family, society and boyfriend and runs away to a foreign land. Being naïve, shy, and emotionally damaged, she crosses paths with a creepy,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Courtney Dinnen
Should have known, if it sound's too good to be true, it usually is. First, it isn't even established this guy is a serial killer. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kevin Murphy
This is such an unexpectedly fantastic film.Published 19 months ago by Wednesday Lee Friday: writer of scarybooks
This was a strange movie to say the least. I didn't realize that it was about a serial killer until I read it on the film case.
Atom Egoyan apparently can't make a normal film, which is something I really admire about him. His take on the serial killer story is far from what one would expect, and maybe... Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Andrew Ellington
As I do completely love Elaine Cassidy and count myself among many of her adoring fans...I've asked myself would I like this movie as much if she wasn't in it? Read morePublished on November 23, 2008 by AmorVincitOmnia831
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