“ Actors: Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, James Caan, Julia McNeal, Ron Kuhlman / Director: Steve Kloves / Writers: Steve Kloves / Producers: G. Mac Brown, Mark Rosenberg, Paula Weinstein, Shari Hamrick, Sydney Pollack / Studio: Paramount / Released: 16 April 2002 / Run Time: 126 minutes „
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When bored one day I was trying to find something to watch on tv and saw this film. The title of the film definitely didn't catch me and initially I didn't even bother looking at what it was about but after reading the product description I was slightly more interested and then when I saw it starred Meg Ryan I thought it must be a fairly decent watch so I decided to give it a go. This is a film only review.
Arlis is a scared child. We first meet him when he is with a family out in the country. We get the impression that Arlis is unhappy and has possibly been mistreated. This is because the woman who lives in the house is being especially kind and also says to her husband that she is shocked a parent could tattoo a child - and Arlis has a tattoo on his forehead.
As night falls, Arlis sits awake and alone in the dark. A man comes in with a shotgun, he is Arlis' father and he proceeds up the stairs to kill the family. Arlis is scared, he doesn't want his Dad to hurt this nice family and he keeps quiet when his Dad asks if anyone else is in the house.
We fast forward to the future and see what Arlis is doing now, will this experience have had a dramatic effect on his life?
I thought this film was ok. The plot sounded intriguing to me and after reading the description I did look forward to seeing what would happen. However, I wasn't blown away by it. I found it very predictable but there were sections of the film that I did really enjoy. However, there were also moments that I found myself getting more and more bored. I persevered with the film though but to be honest I wouldn't recommend it unless it happens to be on tv.
The overall plot of the film gives it the potential to be a brilliant watch however I found that the details of the plot really let it down. I found the film quite slow and there was never a great deal going on.
The acting in the film was very strong though and I did enjoy watching a few familiar faces, however I don't think this film shows off their talents in comparison to their other projects.
None of the characters particularly struck me as fascinating or loveable but Kay, played by Meg Ryan was probably my favourite character because she was quite naïve and I knew she was going to end up getting hurt.
I thought the film was quite long and it could have been cut down by at least half an hour which would have probably made the film a little more interesting.
The film was released in 1993.
It runs for 126 minutes.
It stars Dennis Quaid, James Caan, Meg Ryan and Gwyneth Paltrow.
An ok watch but not one I would bother with again. Quite slow and predictable but a good option if you are watching whilst doing other things.