Archive for January, 2004

The Forgotten (2004)

Rothe Blog The ForgottenThree Stars

Sarah and I talked about this movie on the way home, and the best we could come up with was weird.

This movie is about this mother who has lost her son in a plane crash, but can’t seem to let him go. It overwhelms her life, she is always daydreaming about him, and spending long periods of her day in his room. But then all of a sudden one day, everything changes. Her photos start disappearing and they want to lock her away in an institute, claiming that she dreamt her son up, that she had a miscarriage and that none of her memories were real.

She manages to find and convince another man that a similar thing had happened to him, and they end up on the run for their lives from the NSA and something greater than even they can imagine. If you saw the previews you know the best parts are when some human helping these two finds out too much or says too much and then all of a sudden the aliens such them off the ground into the sky. It surprises you and is always cool to watch.

This movie has a nice alien type element to it, and Julianne Moore does a nice job, but there were a bunch of little “Double Takes” that kind of break up the flow of action. From under reacting to certain events, to the end were Moore gets her son back, but then lets him play on the playground, out of sight and mind after being obsessive to have him back, that didn’t quite make sense.

So, see this movie in the cheap theaters, and it is probably a good thing that it is only an hour and a half, but I almost wouldn’t recommend it enough to rent it. Maybe watch some of it sometime at someone’s house, you know when you see a movie they rented that Friday night laying on the counter, that way you can see the cool scenes for free without having any vested interest in the plot.

Backdraft (1991)

Rothe Blog BackdraftFour & A Half Stars

I saw this movie for the first time in TV edited version soon after we moved to Grand Haven in the early 90’s. It was a really awesome movie then, and I think I watched it at least a half dozen times on my taped version before I kind of forgot about it. Then we recently saw Ladder 49 and I knew that I had to see the original classic of all firefighting movies again for the first time.

Starring Kurt Russell, Robert Deniro, and a Baldwin brother, this is a high paced movie where fire has it’s own personality and seems to interact with each character differently. Russell is the older brother that has the no holds barred attitude about life and frequently takes chances with his life trying to prove to everyone around him that the fire will never take his life like it took his dad. Brian (the Baldwin) spends the movie trying to figure out if he wants to be his father bad enough to take the risks that his brother takes.

All the while these dramas are unfolding, there are homicides being committed with fire. Sudden explosions caused with a instant breath of air to an awaiting fire, bodies are being roasted left and right. Deniro is trying to track down the killer and soon enough Brian joins his side to figure out what is going on.

In the end it is the highest level of extortion for money at the expense of the firefighters, and what one does to strike back that costs him his life.

A touching movie where Russell eventually passes the torch to Brian who finally discovers his place in life. Like hard nosed movies where “boys will be boys”? Then you will like this movie. Like exaggerated condensed fire related action sequences? Ditto. Don’t like unnecessary swearing and images of toasted people left and right, well then pass on this one. But with such a great ensemble cast and movie that was way beyond its time, I saw give it a shot.