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Hearts In Atlantis Hearts In Atlantis: The Review

Directed By: Scott Hicks
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, Mika Boorem, David Morse, David Rivitz, Will Rothhaar and Dierdre O'Connell.

This was the first film I happened to see TIFF 2001 and while it was good, I can not fathom why I liked it as much as I actually did. It's a puzzling little movie that I felt was starting to lose me, to drag in the middle and then oddly, when the ending hit, which is not a nice tidy package as one might expect from a Hollywood film, I realized the director had hooked me. He had me liking the characters enough to wish I knew more about them...about what was to eventually happen to them as they grew up.

If forced, and admittedly there is currently no gun at my head, I would say that this could easily be compared to Stand By Me. A lot of nostalgia, looking back at childhood as kids make the transition into teenagers. And a lot of that is there, but there is more.

We have the nice small town set-up of young Bobby Garfield and his friends Sully and Carol. Bobby's biggest problem is that he wants a bicycle but his mother can't afford it since his father died leaving them in debt. Then one day, a mysterious stranger moves into the empty room/apartment above them.

Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) has a unique ability, he seems to be able to read people's minds and he brings Bobby into his world, gives him a job reading the newspaper to him so Bobby can get that bike he so wants. The only catch is he also wants Bobby to watch out for symbols around town, possibly codes as it seems some dark men are looking for Mr. Brautigan.

As this tale was unspooling I began to roll my eyes. Sadly I was almost wanting another Stand By Me...I didn't want them to deviate from form and I didn't put any faith in Scott Hicks. Shame on me, bad review! Bad, bad reviewer!

Each performance by the leads, while polished and usually carefully nuanced, sometimes seemed see-through. Even Hopkins seemed a little less than quality, as if some of the dialogue came off as false.

Remember what I said at the beginning of this review though? That it seemed as if he had hooked me? Well, there was one scene in particular with a scam artist at a carnival trying to bilk little Bobby of his money that was very compelling and later in the movie when the dark men are actually coming for Mr. Brautigan that I was wondering how he and Bobby would escape. Exactly what one should be doing during a thriller.

How will they get away? How will they avoid these men that seem to hone in on Brautigan's powers?

The film isn't perfect, few films are. But it does what it set out to do. Entertain, be compelling, and it seemed from the reaction I saw at the screening, to have the audience on its side.

While I wouldn't rush out to see it again, it was in my thoughts for the better part of a day as I mulled over the ending and why it left me feeling the way I did. So if you do check it out, let me know what you think...if for no other reason than to quash my curiosity.

Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul

DVD Information:

Special Features:
Interview with Scott Hicks and Anthony Hopkins
Theatrical Trailer
Feature-Length Audio Commentary with Director Scott Hicks
Stills Gallery

Video: Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

The DVD Review:
The DVD has been announced and as you can see from the above features there are some nice extras coming our way. Bookmark this page and we will update as we get more info.

Evil Ash

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