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Uncertainty (2009)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Lynn Collins , Scott McGehee , David Siegel  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lynn Collins
  • Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003498RRM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,513 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Choice is Theirs…

Every choice has a consequence. But what if the flip of a coin could trigger two separate but parallel destinies? Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 DAYS OF SUMMER) and Lynn Collins (WOLVERINE) star as Bobby and Kate, a young New York couple at a crossroads whose lives are about to take very different heads/tails directions: A visit to Brooklyn leads them to gentle discoveries about family, loss and each other, while a day in Manhattan plunges them into an urban nightmare of pursuit, suspense and murder. Olivia Thirlby (JUNO) co-stars in this uniquely powerful thriller written, produced and directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, the award-winning filmmakers behind SUTURE, BEE SEASON and THE DEEP END.

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A taut, skillful exercise in cinematic clockwork. --Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Ingenious and engaging. --Marshall Fine, The Huffington Post

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
There are certain actors that I will follow on faith, and through the years Joseph Gordon-Levitt has become one of those people. He has managed his career with precision, bouncing between indie and mainstream fare as well as lead and supporting roles. I always appreciate a young actor who is willing to take chances, to pick roles and movies that they're passionate about or that might challenge them. Gordon-Levitt rose to the top of his generation with an eclectic bounty of great performances in oddball films (Brick, Mysterious Skin, The Lookout) and, in my opinion, recently delivered Oscar caliber work in "(500) Days of Summer" and stole every scene he was in during "Inception." So despite the fairly negative reaction that "Uncertainty" had garnered, I was willing to enter this variation of "Sliding Doors" (yes, other films have employed a similar narrative--sorry, the Gwyneth Paltrow feature is where my mind goes) with open arms. The good news is that Gordon-Levitt and an appealing Lynn Collins embrace the movie's challenges with gusto. The bad news is that one story is completely implausible while one is, sadly, too mundane.

The conceit of "Uncertainty" is that one decision can affect your entire life. At the beginning of the film, the young couple stands in the middle of a bridge--each then runs in opposite directions to launch two disparate stories based on that choice. The GREEN story follows the pair to a family outing with Collins' extended clan. This bit is gently observed, sweet, and humorous. I liked the story, but it was not as impactful as I might have wanted. The YELLOW story, however, provides more intrigue. Finding a lost cell phone, our duo find themselves enmeshed in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the phone's owner.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the actors make the film worth watching April 22, 2010
Format:DVD
i would give it 3 stars if not for the solid performances of lynn collins and joseph gordon-levitt who have great chemistry together. they really keep you interested throughout what is essentially a film that has a great build up to an unremarkable climax. the filmmakers are trying really hard to be thought provoking but it comes off kind of pretentious/amateurish. I honestly thought the more traditional part of the two simultaneously running stories was better and more interesting than the cheesy wrong man thriller story.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Idea but Poorly Implemented July 2, 2010
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Positives:
(1.) The concept of two people (partners) somehow separating their lives by flipping a coin to decide which of two directions they go and then to again meet but with the other's (partner) parallel self and then see what happens is interesting in a far fetched sort of way.
(2.) Great acting by the main characters helped pulled it off more than so than the story otherwise would have been.
(3.) Yellow and green identifiers to sort out the parallel lives was fun and useful.

Negatives:
(1.) Confusing beginning especially the running and with no setup explanation to guide the viewer as to what's taking place it made the viewing more of a "Huh"? experience until you sort it out.
(2.) Failed to utilize the rescued dog angle to complete that half of the story. Maybe should have had the dog save the lives of the other parallel halves story. The dysfunctional family life was shallow in one half and the gangster story as a counterpoint was good idea but was a poorly constructed in the other half.
(3) Would have been a more finished/complete story to somehow interact the two parallel halves at the end for some sort of explanation or closure.

Neutral: If you're confused at this point don't worry you'll see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ... interesting concept and great acting ... October 17, 2010
Format:DVD
JGL usually plays edgy roles and he plays those VERY well. Therefore I picked the movie and I am not disappointed in his performance or that of his partner in this movie. It's a nice slow Sunday night movie - if you are into NYC on a sunny day and if you like edgy movies. I totally liked the music / sound - very spacee.

If you like French movies, you might like this one too. Tons of feelings - good and sad, a mixture of Momento and Run-Lola-Run. EDGY.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh this film. September 13, 2010
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I always appreciate inventive filmmaking but sometimes things just don't work out. The script was written without dialogue. The actors developed all the dialogue with the directors during rehearsals. Now that is not something you can say about most films. And it fits with the whole theme of the film. But sadly it just does not work here. I am a huge fan of JGL but his character (and everyone else's) is just plain out flat. And don't even ask me what was going on with both plots. This is another interesting idea though. Have two plots going on at the same time. Showing how one choice can change everything. Too bad its nothing worth watching. When I said don't ask me about the plot, it wasn't that it was over my head it was just boring and I kind of stopped paying attention.

They had good intentions with this film it just failed to really amount to much. Still I applaud the cast and crew for trying something different.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Films in One in this Quirky Indie Affair June 23, 2012
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This is two stories in one, and it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Bobby he is the boyfriend and Green Card wanna be holder to Lynn Collins who plays Kate. The film starts with them on Brooklyn Bridge in New York where they toss a coin and on seeing which side it is they both run off in opposite directions. Then as if by magic they both appear at the other end to meet the other one where the stories diverge and we get two alternate tales- one is `yellow' and one is `green', but not sure what the significance was except the yellow version has a yellow cab in it (?)!

Incidentally this is not two different perspectives on the same story, but two completely different stories. One finds them picking up a stray dog, then going round to her moms where they face up to family and life issues, loss and a bad case of thespianisis. The other sees them finding a lost mobile phone in the back of the cab and then getting into a load of high octane adventures with a hit man or two who want it back.

Of the two the action story is the more gripping and so it was strange to juxtapose that with a story of family frailty and relationship issues. Had the latter been more explosive like a take from Tennessee Williams play for example then it would have been a better foil for the duelling of the two tales. As it is more subtle it sort of keeps letting the film go slightly off the boil. Then it is back to the action etc. And it is all full on again

All of the acting is fine but even Gordon-Levitt (playing a Canadian who does not say `aboot' - as if) can not breathe enough life into his character in places, and we all know he is a top rate actor and probably chose to do this as he likes supporting indie films, much to his credit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars ZERO plot . . .
How on Earth does a movie get made with ZERO plot . . . well, only if it "stars" Levitt. Skip this abortion of a movie and you'll thank me for saving you nearly 2 hours of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by my3centsworth
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea got lost in an unclear story
the best part of the movie was the trailer, The idea behind the movie is very original and special but the plot got stuck there was no why were there two couples ans there was no... Read more
Published 8 months ago by slofsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
I loved this movie. Joseph Gordan Levitt played the part flawlessly, as usual. It is a really good movie and I have had multiple people watch it who really enjoyed it as well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Aislynn
2.0 out of 5 stars Tragically failed attempt at suspense
Valiant efforts by the actors fall victim for an absolute absence of a credible storyline. Developing along highly predictable sequence of events, we continued praying for... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Erik Kreps
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
This is a good movie. It's not my cup of tea but I still really liked it. I couldn't stop watching it till the very end. It keep my mind going. Read more
Published 21 months ago by MaddieWBelle
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Worthwhile, But Ultimately Unsatisfying
3.5 stars. This was a four-star film until the ending, which, for me, did not fulfill the promise of the rest of the film. Read more
Published on July 14, 2012 by Harry O
3.0 out of 5 stars A QUIENTIN TARRITINO MOVIE, NOT
same two characters two different stories , to me it made no sense. Even Q.T.'s pulp fiction made more sense when it was'nt in context. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncertainty, Movie
Uncertainty, Movie. Received in as new condition. I never buy new anymore when I can buy thes barely used movies for less than half price. Read more
Published on December 17, 2011 by Haleys Auto Svc
3.0 out of 5 stars of some interest but the premise is insufficiently developed
The course of our lives is determined by the countless decisions - both major and minor - we make on a daily basis. Read more
Published on January 26, 2011 by Roland E. Zwick
2.0 out of 5 stars Splintered
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has acted in some excellent independent features. This isn't one of them. He is always riveting to watch on screen, and his portrayal of Bobby is no... Read more
Published on December 29, 2010 by Lee Armstrong
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