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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Radio Times 4/5! LOL!By a customer from London , 28 Feb 2007Radion TImes you must be kidding! This is total rubbish from the start.The premise that a lawyer loses a file, and if he can't find it he and his bosses will go to jail, is absurd. If this were possible wouldn't they be sending the file to court in an armoured car? Oh, and no notarised copies...There is nothing believeable about this, and it just gets worse and worse. Whoever wrote this is an idiot. My wife said that watching this was like having her arms torn off. It is painful in it's completely unbelievable stupidity.
Thought provokingBy Slidingonthewalls (21 reviews) from Southampton , 23 Feb 2007This film is surprising. If you're after a Hollywood action movie with car chases and samuel L Jackson being a 'bad motherf**er'' then you'll be dissapointed. Instead the focus lies on how a chance 1 minute juxtaposition of two people can affect the rest of their day, and ultimately their lives.
It's about choices we make and the knock on effect these choices have. Excellently scripted. Nicely shot to capsulate the energy of New York. Really nice fitting soundtrack from David Arnold which doesn't ever go over the top like so many films scores tend to. There's one line Ben Affleck says in this film which sums I found particularly poignant.
** SPOILER **
It's like you go to the beach. You go down to the water. It's a little cold. You're not sure you want to go in. There's a pretty girl standing next to you. She doesn't want to go in either. She sees you, and you know that if you just asked her her name, you would leave with her. Forget your life, whoever you came with, and leave the beach with her. And after that day, you remember. Not every day, every week... she comes back to you. It's the memory of another life you could have had. Today is that girl.
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stunnningBy a customer from Eastbourne , 27 Aug 2006Stunning movie....wasnt expecting aything really....and surprised me with a well packd action thriller
stunnningBy a customer from Eastbourne , 27 Aug 2006Stunning movie....wasnt expecting aything really....and surprised me with a well packed action thriller
okBy a customer from Cumbria , 08 Aug 2006ok type film, quite believeable, not as thrilling as I hought it would be but enjoyed all the same...easy watching