Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Nov 2015)
Brief Synopsis – Three stories about love and romance in New York, Rome and Paris.
My Take on it – I think that quite often when a writer or director has success with a certain formula, they try to recreate that magic again, but it just doesn’t feel right.
This movie is a perfect example of that.
Director Paul Haggis was able to successfully create a very good movie focusing on numerous storylines within the same cty in Crash (2004), but this time, he tries to tell 3 different stories of love and relationships that take place in different cities with little to know connection between the different stories.
This makes the movie feel too disjointed because it jumps from story to story without giving any of them enough development which leaves the viewer feeling that something is missing to keep the movie in focus.
All 3 stories have their moments tho and I think had he expanded and focuses on any of them solely, this could have been an even better experience instead of just being a mediocre movie.
They give us some interesting connections between the storylines, but sometimes they go too far and they feel too tacked on instead of flowing withing the stories.
Bottom Line – Haggis tried to recreate the magic from Crash (2004) and it isn’t memorable enough. Each of the stories have their merits, but none feel to be developed enough due to the lack of focus on one particular storyline. Was interesting to see the connections between the stories, but in some ways they felt to be just tacked on.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene where Olivia Wilde gives the robe back to Liam Neeson took about 57 takes because he kept getting distracted with Olivia Wilde’s body. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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