Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt
Directed by: George Nolfi
Written By: George Nolfi
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 46 min
The subject of fate and a master plan are very entertainingly touched upon in this unusual take on forbidden love. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt are delightful in this Philip K Dick story. They have great banter and chemistry. The film sweetly blends similar ideas from Fringe’s “watchers”, Wings of Desire, Eternal Sunshine, Bruce Almighty, Matrix Reloaded and It’s a Wonderful Life. So even though it comes across as familiar it’s charming and nicely done.
A great Friday night film for couples and families. Fun and safe. Even though it starts as a straight drama, it quickly surprises and goes off the tracks into a sci-fi/religious direction. It has a silly premise but ultimately the leads make it work and it’s very sweet.
Best viewing format:
A HD viewing at home will bring out the best in this film.
Best moments for me: << spoilers >>
I can’t give anything away but a chase following “He has a hat!” is fun. However, the scene that introduces the ill-fated couple in a toilet is very well conceived and I think everyone has dreamt of meeting someone out of the blue like this. An instant connection not the toilet that is!
Stewart’s two cents:
Matt Damon and Emily Blunt are the best reason to see this film. The on screen chemistry they share is a rare thing indeed. While this high concept idea has some interesting moments, I felt it started to fall apart a little in the final act. Still, recommended.