Reign Over Me (2007)

logoDirector: Mike Binder

Writer: Mike Binder (Screenplay)

Starring: Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows, Donald Sutherland, Robert Klein, Melinda Dillon

 

Plot: A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.

 

Verdict: Brilliant Drama

 

Story: Reign Over Me has a contently married man who works all day as a dentist then has to spend all his time with his wife and children. He longs for something more in his life and a chance encounter with an old college roommate could change things for him. His old roommate has completely closed off his world after his family was killed during 9/11. These two rekindle their friendship but getting into the details of what is going on with the old friend puts everything to the test.

 

This shows us how hard one man has had his life after one moment took everything from him, how he closed off everyone because his memories were too hard to live with. Going next to this we also see how one man who seems to be taking his life for granted learns to appreciate his own family and life situation more. This is a touching drama that shows you how people can struggle to cope with grief and it they do, they want to be left to do it their own way. This really has a story that is well told and pulls you in even if certain names on the film will make you think twice. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Adam Sandler: Charlie widower who has closed himself off from the world, but after meeting Alan he starts to rekindle a friendship which started and finished before the events that left him where he was. He clearly needs help but is not willingly to ask any for it because he is dealing with his grief in his own way. Great performance from Sandler who shows he can actually act and give a performance people should take note off, as anybody else in this performance just wouldn’t have worked. (9/10)

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Don Cheadle: Alan dentist who seems to be just going through his life with nothing eventful happening, he almost looks lost with where he is now. He rekindles his friendship with Charlie but starts to put his own family life in second place to help Charlie. Good performance from Cheadle showing he can always be relied on to be a strong supporting character. (8/10)

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Jada Pinkett-Smith: Janeane wife of Alan who comes off over loving and protective of her husband, but she does support him through all the decisions he makes. Good supporting performance. (7/10)

 

Liv Tyler: Angela therapist who helps Alan with Charlie as he tries to overcome his personal problems. Good supporting performance. (7/10)

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Saffron Burrows: Donna a lady with a few personal problems of her own, who tries to put Alan in a hard place but ends up catching the eye of Charlie and could be the answer to both their problems. Good supporting performance showing how another person deals with problems. (8/10)

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Supporting Cast: All the rest of the supporting cast include family and friends of Charlie’s who want to help him but haven’t ever got through to him and people in Alan’s life. Al the supporting characters work well for the story. (7/10)

 

Director Review: Mike Binder – Great direction to tell a powerful story that will pull at the heart strings. (9/10)

 

Drama: With the names on the credits many people will think ‘no this won’t work’, but the story and performances are all brilliant. (10/10)

Settings: New York is a great setting for the story and has the tragic moment and dealing with the moment in the same city. (9/10)

Suggestion: I think Reign Over Me is a must watch for all, it is such a brilliant story that needs to be told and with the performances involved everything works out great. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Sandler’s performance

Worst Part: Some people might feel it takes advantage of a real tragedy.

Believability: People’s lives were changed forever by 9/11 this could very well have happened to people who lost loved ones. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: You may get some towards the end. (6/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No, but I feel Sandler proved he has got serious in his locker again here.

Box Office: $22 Million

Budget: $20 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

Tagline: Let in the unexpected

Trivia: Tom Cruise turned down the lead role

 

Overall: Brilliant Drama Where Sandler Shines

Rating 87

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Our Favourite Performance – Hugh Jackman

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We have been looking at our own individual favourite role from the star above, we would like to hear from you about which is your favourite role. This was selected by Ian. Hugh Jackman is one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood today, he can pick up any role in any genre and shine though.

Ian’s Pick

Wolverine – X-Men Franchise (2000 – ) wolverineWolverine has been the biggest star of the X-Men films with two sequels of his own, one good, one not so.

My Pick

Keller Dover – Prisoners (2013) prisoners This role in Prisoners was different to what we are used to seeing from Hugh. That is why I have picked it because we see how far he goes to find out the truth about his lost daughter.

Lesley’s Pick

Logan – The Wolverine (2013) logan Logan goes to modern day Japan to meet an old friend who wants to take his immortality away from him. Logan most defeat his toughest nemesis yet.

Lewis’ Pick

Tom (scientist) / Tomás (conquistador) / Tommy (enlightened monk) – The Fountain (2006) fountain Spanning a period of centuries – or perhaps millennia – we see three individual characters evolve as one across three interconnected tales, and the quest to reach the Tree of Life.

Simon’s Pick

Van Helsing – Van Helsing (2004) van helsingThe fearless monster hunter who is sent to Transylvania to stop Dracula and his monsters.

What would you pick as your favourite Hugh Jackman performance?

The United States of Leland (2003)

logoDirector: Matthew Ryan Hoge

Writer: Matthew Ryan Hoge (Screenplay)

Starring: Don Cheadle, Ryan Gosling, Chris Klein, Jena Malone, Lena Olin, Kevin Spacey, Michelle Williams, Martin Donovan

 

Plot: After stabbing an autistic boy, the sixteen year old troubled and pessimist Leland P. Fitzgerald is sent to a juvenile detention. His teacher and aspirant writer Pearl Madison gets close and tries to understand him, first with intention of writing a book, and later becoming his friend. Leland slowly discloses his sad vision of world.

 

Verdict: Beautifully Troubled Drama

 

Story: Looking in a mixture of flashbacks of what leads up to the crime as well as seeing the effects it has had on the people’s lives involved. We follow how a seemingly awkward teenager’s look on life changes leading to the fatal consequences. We also see how the both families deal with the aftermath. We also see how one man tries to help only to end up looking like he is trying to make something for himself, but also learns to look at things a different way because of his time with Leland. Mixing it all together we get to look at how one person view of the world can change it for everyone involved. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Don Cheadle: Pearl a teacher at the detention centre who takes an interest in Leland, mostly to start a book about him because he seems different to the rest of the teenagers in the centre. He tries his best to do the right thing but in the end is left helpless with what happens in the end. Good performance showing he can walk into lead roles with ease. (8/10)

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Ryan Gosling: Leland the troubled teenager who has killed an autistic kid, but his reasons are unknown and it is not until he speaks with Pearl he shows his reasoning which shows the world in a very different view. Good performance showing that Ryan was always going to be a big name in the world of Hollywood. (9/10)

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Chris Klein: Allen friend of the family who has been involved with one of the daughters of the victim’s family, but when he starts to feel distant from the relationship he tries his hardest to make amends for the murdered child. Good performance from Chris showing he could have been a star, but he has yet to shine. (7/10)

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Jena Malone: Becky love interest of Leland as well as sister to the murdered child, whose own problems have pushed Leland away and led him to see the world very differently. Solid performance from Jena who starred in plenty of these type of dramas in the early noughties. (7/10)

 

Kevin Spacey: Albert father of Leland who has been very distant in fact he hasn’t seen him since he was six as he pays for Leland to spend time away around the world. Good performance in the few scenes he is in. (7/10)

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Supporting Cast: With an exceptional supporting cast including Michelle Williams, Lena Olin and Kerry Washington, we get solid performances from all of them. (7/10)

 

Director Review: Matthew Ryan Hoge – Good direction throughout to make a compelling drama. (8/10)

 

Drama: Brilliant drama looking at how one crime can change so many people’s lives. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting seems to be leading to the final outcome for our leading boy Leland. (7/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try, I really don’t think it will be popular for many people as the subject matter is bleak and sometimes tries to balance too many stories. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The relationship between Pearl and Leland.

Worst Part: Not enough time spent with Leland and Pearl.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $350,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

Tagline: Crime. Confusion. Compassion. They’re all just states of mind.

 

Overall: Compelling drama

Rating 73

Trailer Alert – Unfinished Business

Plot – When a man involved in the advertising industry get frustrated with his work, he starts he own company with just three employees. The three have to close a big job but end up having to go against his former company.

Release Date:  6th March 2015

Questions:

Is this just Dodgeball in the advertising world?

Can Vince Vaughn shine with unlikely partners in comedy?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 60%

My Guess Rating – 60%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Trailer Alert – Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens

Plot – A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi(1983).

Release Date:  18th December 2015

Questions:

While not giving too much away, how excited are you?

How much involvement will the original cast have?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 80%

My Guess Rating – 80%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes