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 a customer from london, england , 12 Nov 2005the title should have been changing lives. a lesson is to be learnt from this film. this film is different from all the others that samuel l. jackson has made. it did take a while to get into and it was interesting.
Good idea lacking somethingBy thomas burgess from basildon , 04 Nov 2005A great concept but a poor execution. I don't know what it is, but it just doesn't seem to work any magic. Not a film worth bothering with, you'll just be dissapointed.
Non-Stop Action!By Riean from South Yorkshire , 05 Oct 2005A 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 sheme up next as revenge. Definatley one for the boys, though the 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.
Good night in!By a customer from Nottingham, England , 03 Aug 2005Enjoyed this film, although you could sort of predict what was coming next, Jackson is excellent when he starts to lose it, Affleck tries to be a baddie in places, but in general a good film, easy to watch.
thrillerBy a customer from leeds yorkshire , 02 Jul 2005a really gripping story which illustrates how an hurried decision can change your life.