Plot: What a juicy mix - A wealthy young man, a controlling mom, a loving & beautiful girlfriend, the cardiologist friend with 4 malpractice suits under his belt, a gunshot wedding, a heart transplant, an ineffective anaesthesia..which means he can feel and hear everything….’I am fu%ked’. His words not mine.
Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terence Howard, Lena Olin, Fisher Stevens were good. But, It wasn’t just the acting, it was a concerted effort of good story, excellent directing and acting.
Wow: This movie kept me in suspense throughout. You know when things are going too ‘hunky dory’ for a movie with a crime/thriller genre which conversely keeps you on your tore cos you know there has to be a twist somewhere. And boy did the twists just keep coming!!
I asked Angie my homie, movie lover, friend what she expects from a good movie. She said ‘that it grabs my attention – thoughts, eyes, hands throughout play’. If while watching it I can still think of my dissertation or what to eat or drink, it has failed.
Well, Awake gets an 8/10 from me.
It didn’t take itself too seriously nor should you. 84mins of entertainment pure and simple.
p.s. Terence Howard never looked more scrumptious. He is such a bad boy…maybe it’s the drawl and the sly eyes. And Jessica Alba, I could cut off my pinkie for her looks. Megan Fox has nothing on her puleeeeez.
Lorenzo: This is a true story about friendship that runs deeper than blood. This is my story and that of the only three friends in my life that truly mattered. Two of them were killers who never made it past the age of 30. The other's a non-practicing attorney living with the pain of his past - too afraid to let it go, never confronting its horror. I'm the only one who can speak for them, and the children we were.
I hate movies about sexual assault. Especially in the young. It disturbs me. I makes me curse. It makes me afraid for my unborn kids. It makes me wish for death penalty for all sex offenders so there will be less in the world as our kids grow up.
Plot: Sleepers is about 4 regular teenagers (John, Tommy, Lorenzo and Michael) growing up in a poor neighborhood in the west side colorfully called Hell’s Kitchen. The neighborhood Catholic church was a central part of their lives with Father Bobby(Robert de Niro) the glue that kept them together. They played pranks like all teenage boys are wont to, until the prank that spiraled out of control and turned young men into damaged adults.
WoW: Everything. Was this film believable? damn right it was. Was it graphic? No. Apart from a few beatings, the rest was left to your imagination. Was it dramatic? No, but if you paid attention you’ll get all the subtle silent nuances which spoke louder than words; The look on the boys’ faces as that trolley fell down the stairs, The first time Nokes tells Lorenzo to strip, the look on John and Tommy when they met their nemesis Nokes, ex Guard Ferguson and Lawyer Snyder, Fr Bobby’s firm hand on that Bible in court as he committed perjury (you’d understand if you were catholic).
The performances were stellar - The young friends, Jason Patric, Billy Crudup, Ron Eldard, Robert de Niro, Brad Pitt, Frank Medrano, Dustin Hoffman etc. what else can we expect from this cast?
If you are looking for a feel good movie. This is not it. A movie that keeps you thinking about it, discussing the whys and heretofore days, months after? You’ve got it. Sleeper did not only grab my attention, it yanked at my tear ducts. 9.5/10
Some of the questions still burning in my head:
*Could these boys lives have turned out better without that prison sentence or was a bad egg a bad egg? (They were already running around with the mobster-King Benny afterall, so the lives of gangsters/killers may not have been far off)
*Is revenge ever worth the price? Can it bring like James Bond…a quantum of solace?
*Should Father Bobby have lied for his boys?
*Do you feel he was doing penance(by committing that grievous act) for not having ‘saved’ them from the guards?
*Could you leave your child with your best friend who you know is a pedophile?
p.s. I’ve got a new reason to dislike Kevin bacon. He does snarky villain so well that I just can’t separate it from the real person.