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The Life Before Her Eyes [Blu-ray] (2010)

Uma Thurman , Evan Rachel Wood , Vadim Perelman  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, Eva Amurri, Pierce Brosnan, Brett Cullen
  • Directors: Vadim Perelman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00199PPRO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,373 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Life Before Her Eyes [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Imaginative, impetuous and wild Diana (Evan Rachel Wood) can t wait for her adult life to begin. Diana test her limits as her more conservative friend Maureen (Eva Amurri) watches with concern. But Diana s aura of invincibility is shattered when a moment of life and death decision-making forever changes the lives of the two best friends.

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surreal Portrait . . . September 22, 2008
Format:DVD
The Life Before Her Eyes is a chilling portrait of a high school student gone mad, leaving devastation in his wake.

Evan Rachel Wood portrays Diana, a wild girl who relishes using bad language and meting out her own brand of justice, while her best friend Maureen, played by Eva Amurri, serves as the moral compass. While blithely enjoying their day, the two hole up in the school bathroom, chatting and fixing their makeup -- and then shots ring out.

From this point forward, the movie plays out in a series of flash-forward, flashback vignettes -- we see the two girls swimming, diving, hanging out; and then we see the adult version of Diana, taking her daughter Emma to school, glancing nervously at a sign over the local high school announcing a 15-year memorial of the tragedy -- a haunting day when a boy fired into a school, destroying lives.

Several versions of the teenage girls' final moments are played out, with the killer asking them to choose which one will die.

What seems like a normal life for the adult version of Diana soon has us asking several questions: Which girl actually died on that fateful day? What constitutes reality and what is actually fantasy? Is everything only a flashing of "life before her eyes" and is nothing real at all?

The viewer must decide the answers to these questions. But no matter what conclusions you reach, this movie will haunt you for some time to come.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, Gripping Drama August 25, 2008
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One of the most thought-provoking dramatic thrillers I've seen in a long time. The acting by the entire cast was stellar, with Thurman, Wood and Amurri giving powerful performances. This is a movie that will keep you guessing and engaged until the final credits roll. You'll find "gems" in it upon repeated viewings too.

While other reviewers mention details of the film, I think that more enjoyment can be derived from knowing little or nothing about the story before watching the movie. ONLY after viewing it, I highly recommend the BEHIND THE SCENES feature, which is nearly 55 minutes long and goes into enjoyable details of the production, characters, story, and cast. That feature clearly WARNS viewers that it is a SPOILER feature and should be watched after seeing the movie. My hat is off to whoever put that warning there. I think it's especially warranted for this film.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Random Thoughts From My Twisted Mind October 26, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Given the number of puzzled viewers I thought it might be helpful to just pull together some messages I have left in answer to various questions on the IMDb message board. I found it more interesting than any film I have watched over the past few years. But I like off-kilter philosophical stuff that merits repeat viewings and gives the brain cells some challenging exercise. And I like adaptations that improve upon their source novels. I like Evan Rachel Wood visually and as an actress. I like carefully crafted films where the director, the production designer, and the editor have obviously been in sync and have created a synergy between the elements; where almost every detail has a purpose and there is not a lot of throw away fluff padding the running length or trying to expand the target audience.

I can offer a few comparisons for prospective viewers; overall it is probably closest to "Carnival of Souls" (1962) so if you are a fan of that film I can almost guarantee that you will connect with this one. In style, Director Vadim Perelman reminds me a great deal of Atom Egoyan; so if you hated "Exotica", "Where the Truth Lies", or "The Sweet Hereafter" you would be wise to give "The Life Before Her Eyes" a wide birth. The story itself is a blend of "Home Room" and Donnie Darko (2001); with the match cut editing of "The Hours" (2002) linking three separate timelines together. Philosophically it blends the existential themes of "Carnival of Souls" and "The Wages of Fear" (1953), but I've not yet seen anyone else make this comparison.

STOP!!! If you haven't seen it yet stop here, watch the film, come back and read the rest, and then watch it again. Don't read any further unless you are prepared for spoilers.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Orignal, An Overlook Gem of a Film August 30, 2008
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From the very first images of the bright, pastel flowers, accomponied by the haunting music in the background, the shots of a school, a statue, birds flying, from those first moments of the movie you are completley entranced and swept into a story about the choices we make and the effects it has on us.

The Life Before Her Eyes tells the story of young Diana, a reckless, wild teenager who seems to not have a care in the world and her best friend Maureen, a timid, religious girl who instantly bonds with the wild child one day at school and they became strong friends. Then one day, while in the bathroom at school, a student comes with a loaded gun and begans to shoot down students before making his way into the bathroom and holds the gun to them saying "which one of you is going to die?". Fast forward and Diana is now a mother and wife, who finds her life beginning to steadily break down on the fiftenth aniversary of the shooting, where her actions in the past come back to haunt her.

The film, like Atonement, makes use of the surreal imagery, the director bathing everything in soft sunlight, giving it an almost dream like quality to it all, letting ordinary things like water, food, buildings, flags, everything just come alive, making every detail almost as important as the characters. Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood are both superb in the roles of Diana and Eva Amurri is another standout as the best friend.

The pacing of the film goes by at a brisk but not rush paced, giving just enough time for every character to grow and develop, which all leads up to such an ending that it demands an instant reveiwing of the film, where you begin to notice even more things you might have missed in the first and finding out the little hints that may indicate to what may happen.

By far one of the most overlooked films of 2007, this is a true art of a film that will leave you breathless by the very end.
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