Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Awake, Sleepers (A tale of 2 movies)

AWAKE
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.


SLEEPERS
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.






8 comments:

  1. OK, now I want to rent AWAKE. Or is it in theaters? I never get to see anything until it comes out in redbox LOL - but now I can't wait to see that!

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  2. I'm not sure if I want to see Awake or not. But only because of the thought of being awake when you're not supposed to during surgery - it totally freaks me OUT!! If there is any slow long torture pain, I cannot take it. Do they show that in the movie?

    As for Sleepers, I'd heard about Kevin Bacon being in a movie about pedophiles, but he's the one who played one, so if this movie ain't that movie, then there's another reason you won't like him, no matter how many degrees of separation there is.

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  3. Hey Katharine, lol. I'll be pleased to add your name to the fan club thank you.:-D. It's an old movie 2007 so you can rent it easily I'm sure.

    @Nana: That 'anaesthesia awareness' thing is freaky! Talk about a massive law suit when awake!
    lol@Kevin comment. He isn't my favorite actor by 90 degrees

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  4. Sleepers was a completely unknown movie to me when I saw it for the first time... I was immediately caught on board by the stellar cast. I knew right then that it can't be a bad movie... However, it still took me by surprise how intense the movie became. Personally, I'd have wished that they ultimately stayed together, but I guess the final disbandment is more realistic...

    Regarding some of your questions... Let me put in my two cents there...

    *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)
    Personally, I believe yes... I'll allow the debate that they probably wouldn't have made model citizens either way, but they'd have turned out better than they did.


    *Is revenge ever worth the price? Can it bring like James Bond…a quantum of solace?
    In some cases, especially within the cinematic realm, revenge is as close as you can get to justice. While I still can't give it a blanket approval, that's mostly because people motivated primarily by revenge tends to lose objectivity, and hence are not the ideal judges of justice. However, there CAN be cases where it turns out to be justified. It's up to an impartial third party observer to note whether it is, though... And for a cinematic experience, that's exactly who the audience is...

    *Should Father Bobby have lied for his boys?
    Yes. Lying is not the real sin here. You can do evil by telling the truth, and serve good by telling lies. It depends on the context. Father Bobby's lie served more in the cause of good than hours of unblemished truths.

    *Do you feel he was doing penance(by committing that grievous act) for not having ‘saved’ them from the guards?
    Perhaps. I don't think this is addressed significantly... spoken or otherwise. So the viewers are, I believe, left to think it out themselves...

    *Could you leave your child with your best friend who you know is a pedophile?
    I don't think I'll ever have a best friend who I know is a pedophile. It would be grounds for immediate expulsion from my circle of friends, I should think... If you are asking if I'd trust a child with a 'reformed' pedophile, then the answer is not that clear... I'd have trust issues, but that seems to be very harsh, if the guy is REALLY reformed. I guess I'll try and avoid the situation.

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  6. Ouch. Please delete that repeat comment. The browser showed some error msg at first, so I tried to split the comment... Mia culpa

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  7. I loved your contribution Hammy!
    I guess I am with you on most of the points. Except for that perjury by Father. I guess it's one of those situations where your heart knows it is right but your head is screaming Nooo.
    And the pedophile question - reformed or not - I don't think I will let her/him near a child. lets compare it to leaving a reformed alcoholic with a crate of Jack Daniels....

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