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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great filmBy a customer , 21 May 2012where was bradley cooper in this film? The film was very good and gave good mileage out of a lost folder. Love Samuel l jackson. Great actor
excellent pieceBy a customer , 10 Apr 2011awesome movie, For me it just points out that there is no need for revenge. I love it! it taught me a lot too.
Changing LanesBy a customer from Stoke-on-Trent , 26 Aug 2010This is one of those films that grows. I rented it purely on the basis that Samuel L Jackson and Ben Affleck are in it and actually thought it would be a fast paced motorway film.
The story unfolds as two totally different individual's lives are effected throughout a single day due to a car accident taking place in the morning.
There are really good supporting characters and various threads running alongside the main characters.
This is a film which i would highly recommend - a great curl up on the sofa with hubby type film
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Changing LanesBy cannuck (4 reviews) from north somerset , 14 Aug 2010This is a great film. Starting from a fairly unspectacular collision of two cars with two men on their way to two very important appointments it really gathers momentum and shows how a single moment can have life changing consequences. The outcome could be called predictable but the journey is gripping enough to forgive it. You certainly come away thinking you should slow down and look in life's mirror more often.I think any film that makes you think about it again and again after you have finished watching it is more than just entertainment.
Excellent - a must for Samuel fansBy a customer from Stockton On Tees , 09 May 2010This is a excellent film. The plot and your affection to the characters keeps you interested throughout. tell your friends and family its one to watch,