Things we lost in the fire

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A fairly decent movie, with some great acting, a story about drug abuse, broken families, fate and unlikely friendships.

I’m very good at summarizing things πŸ˜€ . The basic storyline goes like this: Audrey (Halle Berry) and Brian (David Duchovny) have the perfect (how easy it is to say that) family and two great kids… so you definitely know that something’s gonna go terribly wrong. And, indeed, it does. Brian is shot dead while trying to help a woman beaten by her husband (ah, those everyday heroes πŸ˜‰ ) and at his funeral shows up one of his friends, the always recovering junkie Jerry (Benicio del Toro). Audrey’s up-until-then-strong-dislike of said friend suddenly evaporates, and they help eachother move on with their lives and accept the loss.

That’s it really, but the strong point of this film is not in plot, but in acting, particularly Benicio del Toro’s acting. His performance is so powerful, so overbearing and so touching, that it just keeps you glued to the screen; he’s not the kind of actor to show off, but the kind that steals a scene simply by being there, by his face and eyes…. Just watching Del Toro’s eyes provides an emotional fire Allan Loeb’s script can’t hope to match (Peter Travers of Rolling Stone knows what he’s talking about)

I’d say watch it because it’s a emotional experience, and watch it, because that’s a man whose every move (and his moves include “Snatch“, “Usual Suspects“, “Traffic” and “21 Grams“) is really worth watching πŸ˜‰

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~ by ameer on December 11, 2007.

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