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The Words [Blu-ray]

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“There’s more than one way to take a life...” and THE WORDS couldn’t be truer. Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) has achieved his every goal: a loving wife, critical success and a best-selling novel. The only problem is, he didn’t write it. Now, as his conscience starts to haunt him and his past wrongs are revealed, it’s difficult to tell fact from fiction. Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Ben Barnes and Zoe Saldana star in this romantic thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end.

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  • Actors: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Saldana
  • Directors: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 24, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2017 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,008 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009H3LNW0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,517 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 21, 2012
Format: DVD
Already my wife wants another viewing. I'm prone to agree. We're 2 book addicts, drama film lovers, and this film's depth is not often seen in big screen theater. It's about sacrificing integrity for fame and money. It details how an unscrupulous decision can implode and create collateral emotional damage to cherished people. The Words is presented in storyline layers, woven together like literature, not easily tracked by those simply looking at action, FX, and adventure. THE WORDS is intellectual with a capital WOW.

Hammond (Dennis Quaid) writes a story about an ambitious, but not stellar, young writer Rory (Bradley Cooper) who has ripped-off an unpublished manuscript written by an old man (Jeremy Irons) over 60 years earlier. If you don't understand `plagiarism', stop here and don't bother viewing. It's the entire plot in one word. The story progresses in the same fashion as a bestseller novel, layers woven together, scenes jumping from 2012 to 1940 Paris, and back, from one author (reality) to the next (fictional.) Slow going, NO! Just bookish. After all, the film is about writers--and their significant others. In the end the layers converge, but leave the viewer agape.

Rory Jansen's wife, Dora, (Zoe Saldana) is one hot beauty and encouragement to a struggling author. Until... Romantic scenes remain at family viewing level. Also you will love awesome period scenes when the younger life of the old man is told primarily in narration. Actors mostly act, not speak, doing pantomime well. In a novel the words would have been italicized and the visuals would be only thoughts. The Words makes a book come to life before your eyes, like the manuscript did for the author characters in the film.

Applauds for the 3 leads, Quaid, Irons, & Cooper; but also Zoe.
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Lay aside the critical reviews that have filleted this movie, and perhaps even your friends and family that didn't get it.

If you are a writer, you will get it.

The meat of this movie is as much about the struggles living up to expectations as it is about plagiarism. The pressures to have a "real job" and the approval you seek from those around you and what price you are willing to pay to hang on to that approval. When you feel it is your calling to be a writer, you constantly are filled with self doubt. Will I ever be good enough? Will my writing ever be good enough?

Because these are the driving forces of the film, of course it isn't some after-school special aimed at bringing an end to plagiarism. It is structured around the choices we make in building our lives. What are we willing to sacrifice for success?

While the nested stories could have gone very wrong, the film is well-executed and not hard to follow. And while Dennis Quaid was a bit of an odd casting choice for the particular role he plays, and the narration can be a little heavy-handed at times, it does not detract from the story threads.

All-in-all a splendid movie that is most certainly worth owning.
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These days it seems that the majority of movies being made include spectacular explosions set at a breathtaking pace or movies that are so in tune with the art crowd that no one gets them nor wants to. But every now and then a movie comes along that makes you think, makes you care and makes you wonder what if.

THE WORDS is a story within a story within a story. That may sound complicated at first but as it unfolds you find it's not really. Dennis Quaid stars as Clay Hammond, an author at a reading for his biggest best seller. With audience in rapt attention, Hammond begins to tell his story.

The story revolves around Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), a struggling author who is deeply in love with the girl of his dreams Dora (Zoë Saldana). In New York struggling to get by things are tough but they manage living on love as much as their meager incomes. Unable to find a publisher for his novel, Rory takes a job at a publishing house to help make ends meet. Eventually he and Dora marry and spend their honeymoon in Paris, the home of great authors of the past.

While in Paris Rory comes across an old briefcase in a used goods store he admires and Dora buys it for him. When they return home he looks at it closer to find a story inside unlike any he's ever read. This is great writing. Unable to anchor his own thoughts to paper, Rory rewrites the piece he found on his laptop. When Dora reads this story, she's brought to tears and encourages him to submit it to a publisher. Rory's initial predicament is then should he do it or not? It's not his story even though he's change it to his style of writing. Is this the ethical thing to do?

He does submit the story and of course it becomes a major best seller. Rory receives accolades for the tale he's told.
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As a writer myself, I found this story line to be unique. I loved the acting as well as the plot and the ending was perfect. I love a story where you can't guess what will happen and can't wait until the end to figure it out. This was one of those stories. This is one of my new favorite movies.
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