I had a very difficult
time rating this movie. I loved the drama. It was all very
interesting. But at three hours, it was about an hour too long.
They could have easily removed that struggling hour, without losing
much. The ending also brought the movie down. Maybe I just
didn't understand it. In fact, I'm sure I didn't understand it.
I was just expecting more. A true intersection, rather then what
Like I mentioned, I loved the drama. The stories of the
game show host, the kid who is on the game show, the adult who was on the
show as a kid, the daughter of the game show host, and her new boyfriend,
the cop. The man who created the production company that runs the
game show, and his nurse, and his young wife, and his estranged son, the
creator of Seduce and Destroy, a way for men to get women. I believe
that's all the stories. And they were all very interesting, and very
I think I could have done without the adult who was a whiz kid
on the game show years ago. He did add depth to the story of the
kid who is on the show now, but, I think both could probably have gone
without sacrificing any of the story. Just two less tragic creatures.
Apparently, Tom Cruise was great, the best performance of his
career. I don't know about that. He was good, but nothing outstanding.
Some of his father's scenes were long, too. But they did make me
care. The old man's wife is going crazy because he is dying.
She is just beginning to realize that she loves him.
The game show host is dying too, but slowly. It's not quite
clear whether he succeeded in suicide at the end, since the frog bumped
his gun. His daughter, however, was tragic from beginning to end.
Addicted to cocaine, she is unable to deal with someone who thinks she
is great. She can't cope with someone actually loving her.
The police officer is there to save her. He isn't perfect, far from
it, but he is persistent. That was the story I liked best.
It is obvious that everybody in the movie needed somebody to
save them. They were in need of forgiveness. Somebody had to
give it to them. Some were successful, others were less so.
But I think everyone came out of it for the better. I think that's
what the end, the bizarre climax, was trying to tell us.
But I was expecting more of an intersection of their lives, like
we seemed to be promised at the beginning. Their lives were related,
mainly through the game show, but more from the tragedy and sense of guilt.
I wanted their lives to be actually intertwined physically in some way.
That's what the narration at the beginning leads us into believing.
Having said that, the soundtrack was incredible. Without
it, the drama would not have been nearly as powerful. Every bit of
it was appropriate to the scenes they were played in, even to the point
that it drowned out what a lot of people were saying. The point of
that was, I believe, to depict real life, where we go off into a daze and
can't hear people anyway. It happens all the time.
That is what the movie promises, that it happens all the time.
Coincidence. But I couldn't see the coincidence. Individually,
I thought the stories were great. Altogether, I think it needed more
Incidentally, I thought the cutting from one storyline to the
next would have been annoying, but it was done masterfully, so that not
only was it appropriate, it sometimes felt like it needed to do it that