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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revenge is sweat ?By Marie Ratcliffe from South Yorkshire, England , 23 Jul 2006A very enjoyable edge of the seat story. The events that unfold after their brief encounter truly makes this film a thriller that keeps you guessing what they will shceme up next as revenge. Definatley one for the boys, though the we girls did enjoy it too. Stunning performances from Jackson and Aflick. I would definatley watch this one again and recomend it to all those who love non stop action
InterestingBy Allen Walker from Aberdeen, Scotland , 23 Jul 2006An OK film. Initially takes a while to do nothing, but then becom es better. Affleck plays the lawyer very well, but Samuel L. Jackson is certainly exceptional as the recovering alcoholic who has the rug snatched out from under him, in an escalating war between two men.
Something to go on your selection list, but not as a priority of one.
It all depends...By granita (216 reviews) from Farnham , 20 Jul 2006A moralistic tale, as many American movies seem to be these days. But this one strikes home in a more convincing manner than most. Ben Affleck is excellent as the ambitious young lawyer who finds himself facing an unexpected moral dilemma that affects his personal life. Samuel. L. Jackson plays a different kind of role to those we're used to seeing him in and the story-line really draws you in. All in all, an across the board good movie for all age groups.
Jackson deliversBy Spud from ROCHESTER , 16 Jun 2006Any film with Jackson is a good film. Fantastic acting. A refreshing change from the bulk standard films that are about at the moment. Something new and interesting.
Good Stuff...By Reavsie (46 reviews) from Cambridgeshire , 01 Jun 2006When I told a friend i had this to watch, he said not to bother. I must say i thought it was good, maybe its because others said otherwise that i didnt expect to much. It just shows you dont believe everything other tell you. Superb acting by both (as always with SLJackson)............but hey, its up to you after all....make your own decision..