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RANDOM HEARTS

Directed by Sydney Pollack (1999, Columbia Tristar)
Starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas

A cop and a senator investigate the deaths of their spouses, while growing closer all the time.

 

 

0 stars

March 18th, 2000 on Video

 
   

This was boring, in every sense of the word.  Both lead characters looked like zombies, and not because they lost their spouses, but because they looked dead.  They had absolutely no chemistry together, neither when they were hating each other, nor when they were making love. 

Dreadful, absolutely dreadful.  Their spouses are killed on the plane crash, and although her name isn't registered, the cop knows his wife was on there.  She was listed as somebody else's wife.  Clues lead him to realize that she was having an affair, and all he does is sulk around.  Then he chases the senator, and drags her into it, even though she doesn't want to know. 

They travel to Miami, where the two lovers were supposed to meet.  They go to the dance bar where they were supposed to eat.  The senator flip flops through the decisions way too many times.  After going to Miami, she decides again that she doesn't want to know anything about the affair. 

Then she's about to quit politics, but the cop shows up and tells her to stay in for the election.  Then he invites her over to his cottage, where there are no phones, no communications whatsoever.  They have apparently been falling for each other for a while now, because they make love.  Somehow, I missed that.

She then travels back to the city, and tries to start her life over again.  But she can't, because he is convinced that their spouses kept an apartment near Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, there is a secondary plot that pits the cop against a bad cop, who finally decides to kill Ford's character.  The climax of the show finally merges the two plots, as Ford's character is shot in the leg after visiting the apartment and finding the senator there, cleaning it out.  They leave in a huff, and he runs into the shooter.  Fortunately, his partner was watching out for him.

In the hospital, they decide to part ways, and even after she loses the election, and he asks her out, she decides to decline.  They helped each other out when they needed it, but it's time to go on.

Weak in story, character, but overly heaping with scenes that drag on and on, the movie is trying to tell us that these people need help, that one is obsessed with finding out something that should best be left buried, and the other is obsessed with keeping it buried.  And, finally, that they need each other. 

The film was over two hours long, but it could have easily been cut back to about an hour, and not lost much.  It was missing something, this one.  Lots of something.

 
   

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