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A Little Trip to Heaven (2005)

Forest Whitaker , Julia Stiles , Baltasar Kormákur  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Forest Whitaker, Julia Stiles, Jeremy Renner, Alfred Harmsworth, Peter Coyote
  • Directors: Baltasar Kormákur
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KX0HFK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Little Trip to Heaven" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • Making of documentary

Editorial Reviews

Moody dialogue, drab lighting, and characters who aren't quite who they say they are pepper the indie film A Little Trip To Heaven. Starring Forest Whitaker as Holt (an insurance investigator looking into a man's suspicious death), and Julia Stiles as Isolde (the frightened and sketchy sister of the deceased), A Little Trip's destination actually is closer to hell than heaven. Unevenly portrayed and not well-fleshed out, not one of the characters is sympathetic. Isolde's brute of a husband is the prime suspect, but Holt--who in a different film would be the story's hero--isn't exactly a saint either. There's a particularly creepy scene where he's little more than a peeping Tom, justifying his perversion as doing what's necessary to get his job done. As shown in films such as Half Nelson and Sherrybaby, imperfect characters can make for compelling filmmaking. The problem with A Little Trip To Heaven is that we want to root for someone--anyone--but there's just no one who's worthy of our interest. --Jae-Ha Kim

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Insurance agent Abe Holt (Forest Whitaker) is investigating the suspicious death of the driver of a burned-out car. Holt has to work out whether the dead man, a conman with a criminal record, could possibly have been the victim of an attempt to swindle the insurance company. When he meets Isolde (Julia Stiles), the dead manís sister, Holt slowly begins to lose his professional distance.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"A Little Trip To Heaven" has actually been on my "to see" list for a couple of years now. I love noir and this film seemed like something that would be right up my alley. With Forest Whitaker, Julia Stiles, Peter Coyote and the indispensable Jeremy Renner, I expected a heavenly tale of deception and intrigue. But while many of the plot elements were in place to provide an intriguing story, there is an awkwardness to "A Little Trip To Heaven" that derails some of the film's better elements. The initial scenes in which a fatal car accident is staged are crisp and alive--but soon the tension gives way to artifice and unbelievability. I firmly feel that a solidly plotted thriller is somewhere to be found, but it just isn't realized in the final screenplay or in the completed film.

Forest Whitaker plays an insurance investigator sent to evaluate a death claim from the previously mentioned accident. It's out to the country where the lawmen, naturally, are rubes. As any insurance agent is want to do--Whitaker decides to spend an extended amount of time in town, interview and insinuate himself into the lives of all those involved, and solve a little murder or two by traipsing around the desolate landscape as some sort of unquestioned authority. Heck, this is rural America--these country folk don't know any better! Renner, at least, provides appropriate menace as a prime suspect of wrongdoing. But the film steers into seriously unnecessary territory as some sort of romantic bond inexplicably forms between Whitaker and Stiles (who is as unlikable and as culpable as anyone in the film, but the filmmakers want us to view as a sympathetic heroine). It's all very awkward.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was interesting April 15, 2007
While I didn't hate this film, I didn't really love it either. It had an interesting plot, although sometimes it seemed hard to follow. I did think that Forrest Whitaker and Julia Stiles did good work in this film, but for some reason the plot never really got off the ground and the final resolution just defied belief and not just because of where Whitaker's character ended up. The wrap up was definately NOT in line with the psychological make up of the husband. He would not have done that. No how. No way. It wasn't in him. And Abe (Whitaker) - Maybe think of something unusual like, oh I don't know, how about calling the police when it involves a police matter. Despite the flaws though, I thought it was pretty well acted and a pretty interesting piece of work. This was not one of the best films I have ever seen, but if you like kind of off-beat, atmospheric movies this might be to your taste. Definately worth a try if you have a hard time picking out a rental
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok movie April 5, 2014
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The movie plot was ok. Renner and Whitaker's characters were well written and they did a great job with the parts.
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2.0 out of 5 stars poor August 19, 2011
The most disappointing part with A Little Trip to Heaven is *easily* that it never improves past the car accident in the beginning of the movie. When a mans car breaks down during a rainstorm, he's forced to pull to the side and get a ride from a stranger. As soon as he gets inside the car, the driver apparently had a death wish and drove the car directly into the side of a bridge. A *very* good segment that was!! After that, you're probably expecting more excitement in the same style, but much to my surprise (and dismay) instead you get a VERY mediocre mystery drama.

Forest Whitaker plays the role of an investigator assigned to figure out the mysterious clues pertaining to this accident, however instead what happens is that Forest's character visits a family who has ties to the accident, and... the storyline settles into this groove of a slow-moving family and their fairly ordinary life and normal everyday problems. Being an investigator, Forest sure didn't seem to be in any hurry to get the facts!

I love Forest's accent. I suppose he was trying to imitate an Icelandic accent, but it ended up sounding more like a nerd who's late for geology class.

This movie is downright *boring*. I don't know what else to say about it. Eventually -without spoiling what exactly happens- we realize there's a scam taking place involving insurance, and the family (consisting of a man, woman and child) aren't what they appear to be. Again, I can't spoil who they are and how they relate to the car accident in the beginning- all I can say is that it takes an eternity for the storyline to finally get to that point. Seriously, you have to wait until at LEAST 70% of the way through to find out what's going on.

Overall, I refuse to recommend anyone see such a disappointing detective movie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars boring with no excitement December 31, 2010
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i watched this movie and was scratching my head then wondered when something was going to happen to get my attention...never happened...the movie is boring and kinda dumb...i should have saved my money..
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unique Atmosphere, But Ending Hurts It March 14, 2009
This was an intriguing, although not satisfying,, movie and one I still felt was worth my few bucks I paid to rent it.

It was filmed in Iceland - one of the few films I've heard of with that locale - but the story in the film takes place somewhere in Midwestern America. I knew that going in, so it made it kind of strange to view, in that respect. However, the story seemed very realistic. In parts, it almost felt like a documentary, it was so real and atmospheric.

However, as much as I enjoyed the movie, and particularly Forest Whitaker with his odd accent, the ending was a big disappointment. The film had so much promise up until then. With a more satisfying ending, I would have bought the DVD and watched it several more times

Some people say this film had the feel of a Coen Brothers movie, and I agree with that. To some, this might also have been a bit slow or boring but I thought it had unique atmosphere to it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, good characters, well worth a watch...
You just need to overlook the fact that it was filmed in Iceland while trying to appear to be Minnesota in the 1985. The volcanic lava sand gave it away, btw. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D Tally
5.0 out of 5 stars a good film
Jeremy's acting in A little Trip to Heaven is so amazing. three actors of this flim are all so talented.
Published 11 months ago by maysia
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Little Film
I enjoyed this movie, there was not enough Jeremy Renner...but is there ever??? Lol. It was a quirky movie with little twists, but was really easy to follow. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Readergal1004
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all
I'm a big fan of all three main characters. I like a good movie that makes me think and that has an "unselfish" ending. It was a bit awkward during the middle but all in all... Read more
Published 17 months ago by mzbeybgrl
5.0 out of 5 stars true@heart
Huge Julia Stiles fan and loved Forrest Whitaker in his role. The dvd was in great condition and was well worth it.
Published on March 11, 2012 by kidatheart
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Trip to Heaven DVD
This is a somewhat unusual and very interesting crime drama film. Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner, and Julia Stiles are very fine. Read more
Published on October 17, 2011 by Manny Agah
5.0 out of 5 stars A Trip to Heaven
A great story about insurance fraud by a con-artist. Whitaker plays a great Northern insurance adjuster, Renner plays a like-able while you get mad con-artist, Stiles plays a good... Read more
Published on May 21, 2011 by kei.
4.0 out of 5 stars Giant Story in a "Little Movie"
Forest Whitaker is one of the most diverse, brave and fascinating actors we will ever see.
Unlike more famous, if not as popular actors like John Wayne, Mel Gibson and even... Read more
Published on February 16, 2011 by The Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like noir
This is a beautiful little piece of noir that makes me think of some of the really great 1940s films. Read more
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