Director: Marc Forster
Writers: Sean Conway (screenplay), Marc Forster (screenplay)
Stars: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke, Ahna O’Reilly
Plot: A blind woman’s relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.
Running Time: 1 Hour 49 Minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 29% Audience 33%
Why I Watched It: Not sure, I’ll blame Netflix but I will say I was kind of intrigued by the trailer in a good/bad way, it looked odd.
Random Thoughts: Marc Forster is an odd/interesting director he jumps from different genres and he really doesn’t seem to have a pattern or comfort zone which isn’t bad but go and check out his IMDB page and it seems random. He works a lot but he doesn’t have a strong following. Just a heads up here the trailer kind of made this film look like a thrillerish kind of film, it’ not, more of a weird drama.
What I Liked: This is a very odd/weird/off putting film, as you watch it you’re not sure of a couple of things, what it’s about and where it’s going. Now I don’t mind that, weird can be cool just ask David Lynch he lives there. On the surface this film is about a women who lost her sight in an accident when he was a girl and through surgery gets sight back in one eye, that isn’t much of a plot, maybe a Lifetime movie but this film does it in a different and trippy way. This film seems like a European Art House film, it’s got sex and it’s very sexual which is something Hollywood films stay away from. At it’s core I think the film is more of a character study, how doe we see others and our self. I think the film is trying to get at something and is trying to make the audience think and maybe squirm a little. The film is off, almost all of the characters seem off, the tone is left of center for sure. I will say this I didn’t dislike the film for it but I do wish they did something with the weirdness. Blake Lively gives a daring performance and she does a lot of the heavy lifting here as she’s in almost every scene, she does the shift from being blind to being able to see well and she does a good job of making us guess who her character is and what she wants.
What I Didn’t Like: This film is really, really slow to the point where it makes you sleepy I mean for the first 45 minutes it really doesn’t seem to have a point or a plot. The location is nice and all but this film just is and you could call it Art House but it’s a boring Art House movie. Honestly this film doesn’t have a plot, a women gets her eye sight back in one eye, that’s it now my big problem with the film is that it sets it up as her getting her sight back changes things for her and her husband but one could argue they didn’t have a great relationship to start with. The major flaw is the husband he’s not well written and to be honest not well acted by Jason Clarke, he gives a performance of an actor who doesn’t have a handle on his character and his floating Australian accent doesn’t help. I’m not sure if the director and screen writers were trying to say he was insecure cause his wife was better looking than him and once she got her eye sight she could see that, it’s not really played like that, he does come off as insecure but also he’s a jerk and to be honest she’s not great either. If the film wanted to be based on character then it did a poor job of defining these people.
The film is a chore to get through, you just sit there hoping something would happen and the kicker is the film doesn’t really define it’s self. You might have been able to do something with this idea something deep something psychological but the film doesn’t say anything the ending is just bad, when the big climax is at a talent show where Lively performances a song she’s written with her young neighbor, and the song unnerves Clarke so much he runs out of the theatre, the song starts with “I like double dutch” and don’t get me started with the dog in the film or they’re attempts at having a baby, at first I thought a lot of this stuff was a metaphor and if it is I don’t know what the metaphor is for. This film left me lost, and really I stopped caring they didn’t give me enough to either care or be interested in.
Want to point out they wasted Danny Huston here, I have no idea why he’s in this film the character goes nowhere and also while we’re talking about wasting Yvonne Strahovski is in two scenes and I think has maybe two lines of dialogue. The running time also was a big killer for me, the tone and pacing is terrible, the attempts at being sexy were fine but they went nowhere this film might have been trying to touch on Eyes Wide Shut territory but it failed badly.
Final Thoughts: Not a good film, badly written for sure, somewhere there is a story trying to come out but it ends up being just odd and uninteresting.