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The Moment 2014 NR CC

2.6 out of 5 stars (16) IMDb 5.2/10

After a tumultuous affair between international photojournalist Lee (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and troubled writer John (Martin Henderson) ends in John's disappearance, Lee lands in a mental hospital to recuperate. She strikes up a friendship with a fellow patient bearing an uncanny resemblance to her missing lover.

Starring:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Martin Henderson
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Director Jane Weinstock
Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Martin Henderson
Supporting actors Alia Shawkat, Meat Loaf, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Studio SMV
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Jennifer Jason Leigh plays a war photographer suffering from severe PTSD and possible substance abuse problems after surviving a suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu and waking up in an American hospital. Later her ex-boyfriend disappears and she thinks she might have killed him but she only remembers fragments and her memory is not reliable--plus there's no body.

Leigh gets to play the kind of fragile, emotionally shattered character that she has gravitated to repeatedly throughout her career--truthfully she could probably play this part in her sleep but Leigh's performance feels lived in and genuine. The problem with The Moment is the storytelling which never creates any dramatic interest around the maybe or maybe not murder.

The Moment is dull and slow and it rarely feels like it's actually headed anywhere. The relationship between mother and daughter (a petulant Alia Shawkat) never sparks like it should considering that their conflict is the central one in the movie. Both of the male leads are played by Martin Henderson for dramatic purposes, a creative choice that backfires since he doesn't manage to make either of his characters interesting or even make them particularly different even though their personalities are supposed to be completely the opposite of each other. The final shot is trying for ambiguous but doesn't quite make it.

It's nice to see Jennifer Jason Leigh in a rare lead role in her middle-age but doing good work in a lousy movie isn't likely to boost her career.
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Dull & flimsy storytelling...JJL tried, as she always has, to redeem the predictability, but the rest fall far from 4 star performing...spend your hour and a half doing/watching something else.
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I just watched the moment. First of all it is not Jennifer best films. It was little hard to try understand were the director was going with the story. Apart from that I liked it. On the other hand take JJL out it would not be as good.I be honest i only brought it because of JJL. The best aspect she is in it as the main actress though out. It was better than i expected. 6 and half out of ten
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After a strong start, this fizzled quickly. Can't believe I stuck it out; the ending was totally unsatisfying for me.
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I really wanted to like this. It broached some interesting topics and was almost successful at becoming a somewhat Hitchcockian psychodrama thriller. But it seemed like the writers gave up halfway through and didn't know how to flesh out what they started. At one point I thought, "Is this going to be the female 'Memento'?" -- because it is reminiscent of that movie in many ways. Unfortunately it could not attain the heights of cleverness and super tight editing that Memento did. I recommend seeing it though if you're a fan of any of the actors. They did their best to make the material work, however, the material proved to be far beneath them.
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I like Jennifer Jason Leigh but I did not like this movie. It was slow and confusing. The daughter looked older than the mother and in one scene Jennifer is in a restaurant with long stringy hair and when she walks out, her hair is cut short and when she get home, it's long again.
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Leigh is amazing.
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A little disappointed
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