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True, the lighter moments don't always sit well alongside the heavier moments, but the movie still holds together fairly well, even managing to make a few points along the way.
More importantly, unlike a lot of other movies these days, Commandments emotionally engages the viewer; you actually care what happens to the main characters.
Finally, the cinematography is fabulous. The film's visual tone is arguably the central element that holds everything else together - but it does so without overwhelming everything else.
Neither light comedy nor heavy drama, Commandments is the kind of movie that will have you wondering why you didn't see it sooner.
Homeless and jobless, Seth goes to stay with his late wife's sister, Rachel (Courteney Cox) and her no-good husband, Harry (Anthony LaPaglia). And Harry's collection of priceless guitars. We know that Harry is no good because the first time we see him, he's cheating on Rachel with gusto. Seth is lost and confused - why has God chosen to punish him, a good, loyal, hard-working religious man, rather than someone like, say, Harry? Not only is he confused, he's getting pretty angry. So he makes up his mind to break each of the Ten Commandments, one by one.
"Commandments" raises some interesting questions - very few of which it actually manages to answer. Most of the time, it doesn't even make an attempt at this. Rather than trying to figure out exactly *why* God is punishing Seth, it turns into a comedy as Seth wife-covets, ignores the Sabbath and blasphemes his way across the screen. More interesting than Seth is Harry, who is nasty in a refreshingly human way, while Courteney Cox as Rachel is lovely, but more than a little distant.
The characters and their dilemmas are somewhat inaccessible; we end up not caring about them as much as we should, I guess. A lot of the scenes seem illogical, and the cold blue sets do their part in cutting off the audience. However it's a lot more quirky and off-beat than most of the comedies in circulation at the moment. Keep an eye out for it.
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This is one of my favorite movies, so I wanted to own it so I could watch it any time I wanted. Good story, with a very dry sense of humor, which I love.Published 11 months ago by Helen
I think this movie is funny and sweet which is the kind of movie i wanna watch when the days been roughPublished on April 30, 2014 by dylan crowe
Poor Aidan you have to root for him in this film everything bad happens to him, but in the end he gets what he deserves.Published on March 16, 2014 by Geradine Dinardo
One of the siilliest movies I've ever seen. Religion becomes a joke (not that I'm religious, I'm not) when used this way. Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by patricia miller
This movie is both funny and tragic. It touches on the despair and healing we can acquire when we look past the obvious .Published on January 9, 2014 by Denise Sinclair
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