This is my fourth of 31 reviews of Stephen King adaptations as part of the joint Blogathon that Darren (of Movie Reviews 101) and I are running this month in honor of the great horror writer.
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“See, guys like Bobby, they come along maybe once in a lifetime. The Da Vinci’s and the Newtons. The Einsteins and the Edisons. And they all have one thing in common: they’re like huge compasses swinging aimlessly for a long time. Searching for some True North. Then one day they hone in on it with fearful force. ” – Howard Fornoy
Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Oct 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A documentarian tells us in flashback what he and his brother did to try and save the world.
My Take on it – One of my favorite things about reading King novels is that he does such a wonderful job introducing us to his characters and gives us so much detail about their lives.
This lets us feel intimately connected to his characters and helps us keep an investment as to what will happen to them during the course of this story.
This whole movie is told via flashback, but the narration by Ron Livingston helps us believe and connect to all of the involved characters. He details so much of the lives of the two main characters that we want to know the entire story.
In addition to Livingston, Henry Thomas (yes, Elliott from E.T.) does a great job as his genius brother.
The themes that this film deals with touch on so many philosophical questions that have been debated for centuries and you will keep thinking about them long after this movie ends.
I am really interested in reading this story now to see how it all plays out in the pages of King’s work.
Bottom Line – Great story that is accentuated by very detailed characters. Thomas and Livingston are both excellent here. The storytelling aspect is done exceptionally well giving us the full picture. Would really love to read this story. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the original story, the main character didn’t film a movie to tell the story. Instead, he wrote everything in a letter. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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