Bounce (2000)


“It’s not brave if you’re not scared. ” – Abby

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (21 April 2001, cable, video and 8 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After switching plan tickets with a perfect stranger causing his death, a man reaches out to his widow in order to try and find a way to make amends.

My Take on it – This is a film that I loved when I first saw it years ago and was eager to rewatch since it;s been quite a while since I saw it.

The premise of this film wors quite well and that has a lot to do with the fat that there is amazing chemistry between the two leads played by Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The fact that they recently had a real life relationship before this film was made probably helped in making it all feel very realistic between the two of them.

This film has two simultaneous storylines that both work on opposite sides of the spectrum.

The love story aspects works really well and it’s so easy to believe the way that the events happen that make it all seem quite realistic the entire time.

On the other hand, the story aspect dealing with Affleck’s job and the way he is affected there doesn’t work as well and comes across as feeling quite strained and tacked on which ruins the flow of some of the scenes in the film.

The best thing about this film is the ideas that it brings forth and some of the philosophical questions raised are ones that can be pondered for a very long time since there are truly no right answers to the queries presented.

The fact that things happen in life that are beyond our control is a notion that we cannot avoid and this film bring forth that idea in a great and interesting way.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that works largely due to the great chemistry between Affleck and Paltrow.  The love story aspects of the storyline are great and really come across as realistic but the scenes involving Affleck’s place of business feel tacked on and ruin the flow of it all. This film brings up some great philosophical questions that can be pondered for quite a long time since they remain quite relevant. Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The first major film release distributed digitally via satellite for public presentation (in an AMC theater in Times Square). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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3 thoughts on “Bounce (2000)

  1. I also saw this when it came out and thought it was excellent. I also thought that the performances by Paltrow and Affleck were the best of their careers. The movie disappeared w/out a trace. A shame. It should have been seen. Beautifully written, heart-breaking, real. With you on this one Rob.Probably time for me to give it another watch.

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