|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Molly Parker, Ben Affleck, Kathleen Robertson, Adrien Brody, Robin Tunney, Diane Lane|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Hidden Gems, Incredible Indies, Just Arrived, Matt Damon & Ben Affleck, Top Cops|
|2hrs 1 min||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||2 hours 1 minute|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
A detective examines the mysterious death of George Reeves, TV's Superman.
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ATMOSPHERICBy Kermode (39 reviews) from Aberdare , 19 Jan 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Fifty's film noir with Adrien
Brody very sensitive performance as a down at
heel private eye investigating
the death of Superman actor.
Very slow paced ,though excellent performances by
Affleck and Lane, with a tremendous small role for
Bob Hoskins. The film certainly captures the time with its film studios and movie star mansions scenes, but it is flawed effort
and could have been a classic if the screenplay was
a lot sronger.
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HollywoodlandBy Smoggie from The Boro , 23 Jan 2009Hollywoodland as depicted in ye goode olde days, when Superman wore ye all grey cape 'n stuff because people watched movies in black and white then... lol. As murder mysteries go, this is an ok film, it just gets a bit tedious occassionally.
Strictly for the patient, thinking viewer. 8/10.By Graham from UK , 21 Jan 2009My wife and I were almost put off this movie by several really poor reviews, as some of the reviews were along the lines of boring so I switched it off I guess we should have known better, this was genuinely a very good film. I can only conclude that action junkies are renting because they recognised an actor on the cover not because they believe this story would be right for them. This movie is based on the life of the actor who first played Superman, George Reeves (Affleck) whose life ended in mystery in the late 50s. The story, which flashes neatly back to Reeves early life to provide background, is told through the eyes of the ever impressive Adrien Brodys character Louis Simo, a private investigator. This film is slow burning but gripping as Louis Simo follows the clues that point towards a possible murder situation covered up as suicide. As we watched we were constantly drawn away from our own conclusions that we could not help but repeatedly make throughout the two hours and despite the style of film and the slower pace they passed very quickly. We both felt that Brodys story was not really explored and were frustrated that no conclusion was really drawn but this did not ruin the film and allowed us to really explore the possible explanations and make our conclusion. This film is strictly for the patient, thinking viewer, if thats you, give it a watch. Very good. 8/10. 4 Stars.
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Not great but watchableBy a customer from Bury St. Edmunds , 21 Jan 2009This really could have been so much better but it's watchable
Pretty unwatchableBy a customer from London , 24 Nov 2008This film is aching to be as cool and detatched as it thinks Hollywood A listers were at the time.Ignoring the fact that Reeves was distinctly B-list.
I presume this is because everyone involved had seen LA Confidential and thought they'd borrow its style, but not its intensity.
Ben Affleck, I'm sad to report, is almost unwatchable in yet another performance that mistakes woodenness for seriousness.
Given this, and the frustration of who dunnit which fails to care who dunnit or indeed what was 'dun' and you have a good looking failure.
Dig a little deeper.By a customer from Southampton , 05 Nov 2008What a lot of fuss there was about this film and the fact that Ben Affleck 'can act' I didn't really get it to be honest. I think its been fairly obvious that Ben Affleck can act he just made some very poor choices of films, you can only really be as good as the film you are in, in my opinion. This is an interesting film which is pretty well acted by everyone involved in it particularly Adrien Brody. The main problem that I had with the film is that you don't have any particular sympathy or empathy for any of the characters. You don't really see enough of Affleck to get an idea of what jkind of guy he is, yes, he's obviously nice and frustrated with being type-cast but that's about it. I didn't feel a massive amount of sympathy for him. The other two characters in the film, played by Lane and Brody are pretty unsympathetic too only at times giving you a glimpse of their frailties and humanity. That's the problem with this film it only gives you glimpses of the more interesting aspects of the story, perhaps because the nature of the death is still unresolved. I liked the way that they looked at the death from three possible angles. What was also good about the film is that at the start you would be forgiven for thinking that each character is fairly formulaic (ie either good or bad) they actually evolve through the film making your sympathies and theories on what happened switch around. This film offers no answers which will be frustrating for some but intriguing for others, its similar in tone to Zodiac although obviously much lighter in tone and subject. I left the film feeling unfulfilled, but then maybe that's what the filmmakers wanted, they offer no answers merely opinions, you are left to make up your own conclusions.