This is my 3471st Review
Thanks to Zenger of ZengThis! Podcast for this recommendation.
“If there was a car crash ten blocks away, that window washer up there could probably see it. Now, that doesn’t mean he’s God, or even smarter than we are. But from where he’s sitting, he can see a little further down the road. ” – Alexander Leek
Number of Times Seen – 2 (1 Jun 2006 and 24 Oct 2017)
Brief Synopsis – After his wife is killed in a mysterious car accident, a journalist somehow ends up in a small West Virginia town where lots of strange occurrences keep happening and decides to investigate what is truly happening.
My Take on it – This film has an interesting premise and is loosely based on real events that occurred fifty years ago.
The cast is quite good with Richard Gere, Laura Linney and Will Patton all showing how good they are as actors.
The problem with this film is the way that it is presneted.
The storyline moves along too slowly and tries to evoke a mysterious aura too often instead of moving forward.
This cauused me to actually get pretty bored about half way through and lose interest in what would eventually happen.
They do a nice job of trying to explain what caused all the phenomena, but in reality, we will never quite understand it all.
If the film would have been edited more tightly and shortened a bit, I think it would have worked much better.
Bottom Line – This film has a really interesting premise yet it is presented in such a slow fashion that it lingers too much too often and essentially gets boring along the way. Gere, Linney and Patton are all good together here. The mysterious explanations for much of the happening are done well eventhough we really will never quite understand what truly happened. If it would have been shortened a bit and tightened some of the scenes this might have been a film that could keep me interested longer instead of getting bored part of the way through.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – For the masterful “Bridge Collapse” sequence, it took Gene Warren III and five other model-makers, plus two production assistants three full months to fabricate every piece of the bridge set from scratch. He estimates 20,000 individual pieces of steel went into the construction, in order for the ultra-photo-realistic 1/6th scale model suspension bridge to support all the model vehicles and ultimately collapse like a full-scale steel bridge into the water. Of the hundreds of sets Gene has accomplished, this remains his favorite. The entire set was built spanning the water tank at Fantasy II. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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