Changing Lanes details
|Starring:||Sydney Pollack, Samuel L. Jackson, Dylan Baker, Jennifer Dundas, Amanda Peet, Ben Affleck, Kim Staunton, Jennie Dundas, Richard Jenkins, John Benjamin Hickey, Bradley Cooper, William Hurt, Toni Collette|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Jun 2003|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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'You're wrong.' 'No you're wrong...'By feelinglistless (57 reviews) from Liverpool , 26 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]?Changing Lanes? is another attempt to create a Hollywood film using the sensibilities of indie film. It?s essentially a remake of a Tom and Jerry cartoon with human beings and the ins and outs of their ?real? lives. The cat is Ben Affleck, a lawyer who is slowly understanding the dodgy ethics perpetrated by his other partners and whether he can still stay true to himself within that world. The mouse of the story, Sam Jackson is a recovering alcoholic and telesales worker who finds his life slowly slipping away, partly because of his atrocious temper which comes forth whenever he feels like he?s doing the right thing.
In a strong, well-structured script, unlike a real cat and mouse caper, there isn?t an actually a villain or hero. These are both men on the edge, whose sense of right and wrong slips away as the day progresses. Both have much to lose but in different ways - and it?s interesting that when Jackson strikes against the lawyer its in material ways; when Affleck hits the telesales advisor at the roots of his life.
It?s the performances that lift this film. Affleck gives his best work since ?Chasing Amy? - in a part which could have been whitewashed with sleaze, he comes out looking all the more human. He should be the bad guy but we find ourselves wondering if our choices wouldn?t be too dissimilar given the circumstances. Jackson again proves himself to be an actor of massive range. It?s the first time we?ve seen this kind of character from him in a so-called mainstream film (although its similar to the low key display found in ?The Red Violin?).
Roger Mitchell has always struck me as a very generic director - like Michael Apted he doesn?t have a particular style and in fact he often borrows from someone else. This has a very faux-Soderbergh feel to it, especially in the opening titles and the use of hand held cameras throughout. But I?m not criticizing. I?ve had enough of glossy films which spend all their time just looking perfect at the expense of the plot. Imagine how vacuous this thing might have been in the hands of Michael Bay, for example.
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Changing LanesBy JimT (7 reviews) from Glasgow , 06 Mar 2008Excellent, gripping movie.
Changing LanesBy mdridley (104 reviews) from Catterick, United Kingdom , 26 Dec 2007Modern morality tale starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Affleck. An appealing concept executed comfortably in this efficient human drama.
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ExcellentBy crispin40 (562 reviews) from Stirling, Scotland , 30 Aug 2007Full of thrills and action and the characters of the 2 men are well worked. Good direction and music too.
Real bad day for BenBy a customer from Surrey , 17 Jul 2007Interesting storyline and quite disturbing how situations can esculate out of control. As other reviewers have said, the film did leave me a little unsatisfied in that more was promised but not delivered and the ending was a little too trite. But nevertheless it was entertaining with Jackson well on form, Afleck a little wooden and it is always good to see Toni Collette turning in a supporting but polished performance. Pollack was'nt bad either, having thought him best left to directing rather than acting in the past.
changing lanesBy a customer from london , 29 May 2007Interesting and serious movie. Shows how easily a person can go off the rails due to burdens society puts on us. Watched several times on sky since rental and ?????