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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 (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Forest Whitaker, Julia Stiles, Jeremy Renner, Alfred Harmsworth, Peter Coyote
  • Directors: Baltasar Kormákur
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KX0HFK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,446 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

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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.

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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie December 7, 2007
Unlike some of the other reviewers I thought this was a great movie. The scenery was beautiful, acting excellent and I can't believe the number of people who didn't understand the story. It was fully revealed who the real Calvin was and in the end he tells his sister who actually died in the crash. It was revealed early on that he wasn't really her husband. As as for Frederick, look closely at the gravestone scene and the name on it. The insurance agent may have been protecting the agency's interest in the beginning but how he breaks from that and what he does for Thor is shear martyrdom. I highly recommend it but guess I must warn you to closely watch for all the clues.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Forest Whitaker gives a powerful but understated performance in this strange twisted tale of family loyalty, greed and murder. Characters are deeply realized, plot is rock solid, and the directing is superb. Loved it.
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7 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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4 of 5 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, good characters, well worth a watch... September 7, 2013
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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. I dont think they have that in Minnesota...the director is Icelandic. Good story, good dialog, good acting. Forest Whitaker as the insurance adjuster is terrific. Jeremy Renner plays a harsh, bit crazy and oddly charming character... And, Julia Stiles is terrific and intense. You will have to watch the movie to find out how the worlds of these people collide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Little Film March 3, 2013
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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. The stars all did a great job, and the ending was pretty good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Giant Story in a "Little Movie" February 16, 2011
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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 one of my favorites, Clint Eastwood; no one in movies has played a greater variety of fascinatingly oddball and complex characters so well.
Even the "Last King of Scotland", for which Mr. Whitaker earned a long overdue Oscar, did not present the acting challenge this grim and complex little gem presented.
This is a morality tale that's high on great ensemble acting, deep and profound ethical and moral considerations. And Julia Stiles at the top of her considerable acting game. This movie will keep you engrossed from its surprising start to stunning finish.
Peter Coyote's brief but memorable performance reminds you of the Konstantin Stanislavsky (the inventor of the famous Stanislavsky Method) quote, "There are no small parts, only small actors."
I finally decide to get my own copy so I wouldn't be at the mercy of a cable movie schedule with no appreciation of what a fascinating little gem movie is.
Jeremy Renner finally got his Oscar for "the Hurt Locker." But he showed those acting chops way back when this movie debuted
One of these days, Julia Stiles and Peter Coyote will be similarly rewarded, I'm sure!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this movie very interesting plot line and twist
Published 3 months ago by Pattiboots
3.0 out of 5 stars ok movie
The movie plot was ok. Renner and Whitaker's characters were well written and they did a great job with the parts.
Published 6 months ago by Lauren Piechota
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 17 months ago by maysia
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 23 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
2.0 out of 5 stars poor
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. Read more
Published on August 19, 2011 by B. E Jackson
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.
2.0 out of 5 stars boring with no excitement
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... Read more
Published on December 31, 2010 by Butterfly Queen
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