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1. Nothing Happens.
In fact, there is an incredible richness of action. No, I'm not kidding. Every detail, from dialogue, landscape and sound to editing, music and even the opening blue screen is there to help the viewer immerse him/herself in the film. The first line of the movie is "Gerry, the path" which one character says to another, foreshadowing everything that is to follow. The way the characters are composed in the frame to viscerally demonstrate the futility of their march by having the horizon simply not move at all. The long tracking shots, much maligned by many critics as being far too long and without meaning are packed with incident if you are engaged. Which brings me to criticism number 2.
2. There is no point to the movie.
That all depends on your point of view of course. But I was utterly sucked in from the beginning. The metaphor of two men wandering futilely in an indifferent landscape is to a die-hard existentialist what a pint of Guiness is to a parched Irishman. As I watched the two nameless characters (they're not both called Gerry-more on that later) wander, I yearned to join them, for the wanderings of most mortals is not as beautiful as theirs seemed to be, in spite of its tragic end. So what is the point? That we are all wandering around, and all we have to hang on to is each other. Or maybe it's that we live in an uncaring universe and we must hold fast to the boyscout's motto "Be Prepared." Or maybe it's as another reviewer on IMDb said, sometimes we're rock marooned and need a friend to build us a dirt matress. I don't know, but I know that every time I watch the film (and I am compelled to keep watching it), I find more to think about.Read more ›
The key to the movie is it's title "Gerry" and a name seemingly affectionately used between the men implying that each is a loser (to put in a nice way). The truth is they call each other this because they are very, very close relationally but actually carry deep resentments towards one another and have the emotions stuffed.
They make fun of a woman on a game show who makes a stupid error while they themselves are marching into hell unknowingly. Affleck relates his story about coming up 1 horse short on a computer game and has the wherewithall to climb a huge rock but again does not have the cunning to find his own way down.
The movie progresses and you see the infamous crunching, walking scene as the faces give the answers to the thoughts that lie beneath. Affleck knows he is "the Gerry" and Damon realizes that Affleck is "the Gerry". If he had never listened to Affleck he wouldn't be in this mess. This is where he realizes what he has done to himself by allowing Affleck to make decisions. He has befriended a loser and now he is paying the price. The only way to remedy the situation is to get rid of "the Gerry". The moment "the Gerry" is removed salvation appears on the horizon for the survivor, the winner.
The scenes are ethereal and give a true flavor of the great southwest .
The acting is superb by both actors and the camera work is meticulous. This is a wonderful film.
When I saw the movie there were eight people in the theater, and two walked out 20 minutes into it (they were definitely on a date, so one can only imagine the conversation in the car afterward... "uh thanks. How about I give you a call instead next time..."). The movie was indeed hard to get through, but it had just enough movement to keep me involved. I think it was because we have been programmed by today's movie to have everything hit us over the head, either with music, dialogue or action. My two favorite scenes are: the beautiful opening sequence with the piano and cello and the camera on the hood of the car just showing them driving to the trail, both lost in their thoughts; and when they're walking for like 6-7 minutes and you just see their heads bob and hear their feet crunch... sometimes in unison and sometimes breaking apart. It came at, I think, a crucial time when the survival instinct of each person was starting to take over and Damon began distancing himself from Affleck.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Okay....so much griping goes on about this Van Sant Masterpiece. You either love it or hate it. I LOVE LOVE it.Published 3 months ago by dojo
Complex. Beautiful. Rich. Stunning. Sublime. This film can make you think for years.Published 5 months ago by Mtnsci
If you like the desert, the views are gorgeous, but this is not for those who like "typical" movies. It purposely moves slowly - VERY slowly. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sadie Thorndike
One of my favorite films. If you like other Gus Van Sant films, then this will be a favorite. Otherwise, you'll likely hate it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Daniel Sanchez
Took me several viewings over a year to get this one... very, very subtle. 2 go into desert wilderness, 1 emerges. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bradley G. Mastin
WOW THIS MOVIE SUCKS!!!!
I don't see how it even made it to dvd. It should have went to VHS and stayed at VHS. This movie focuses on one area for WAY TOO LONG. Read more
boring waste of time. Maybe there is an artistic value to the slow meandering non-story. I was looking for something with a little drama... this was not it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Brian W
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