This was the first movie that has made me cry in a long time. It's about the necessity of making connection with others to deal with life's obstacles, whether it's a sudden, catastrophic trauma or small, daily problems that pile up until they seem insurmountable. That may be accurate, but it can make him hard to identify with. I think that for Adam Sandler to step outside of himself to do a movie like this is remarkable. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief. As entertaining as it may be to watch Sutherland's Judge Raines put the appropriate parties in their places, anyone with even a passing familiarity with the New York State court system knows that such a character is as likely to be found there as a unicorn. Black levels are solid, detail is excellent, and the only artifacting on display is the occasional digital noise that is a product of the original image capture usually on a street or other surface in the distance.
The many late night scenes of Charlie riding through nearly deserted city streets that stretch into the distance could not have been obtained other than through digital cinematography. Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle both gave absolutely phenomenal performances, and the story is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. He plays a serious part in this movie, something you rarely see him do. A classic example is the scene where Don Cheadle's Alan storms out of his apartment to take a walk, and his wife tells him to say hello to Charlie. A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. They are either cold and unsympathetic, or a very male fantasy -- either gorgeous sexual predators, or beautiful nurturers or both.
Her aggressiveness scares Alan and intrigues Charlie, who is mostly lost in an adolescent fixation on her breasts -- at least until she becomes his means to redemption. It's partly because helping someone gives his life meaning, but also because part of him envies Sandler's adolescent-like freedom to act out, even if it comes from a wounded and destructive place. He approaches his in-laws in the lobby of the courthouse, stating that he does not carry pictures nor discuss his family because he sees them every day, in the faces of people walking down the street. You forget you're listening to a movie soundtrack and just listen to what's happening. And it is puzzling, and ultimately draining, to see a film that waves the flag of honesty—Face your demons! Every single actor in this movie is brilliant, and the writing is honest and natural. This film does not attempt exploit our feelings on 911, Charlie lost his entire family in a horrific event but the storyline could have been more or less the same no matter the cause of the tragedy.
Because both souls suffer from a similar condition, it can be tempting to draw a false equivalence between the causes, but that would be a mistake. This is just one look inside the devistation of a family and the ones that survived. At the same time, Alan who should be enjoying his beautiful wife, children and career is overwhelmed by his responsibilities. When fate brings Charlie and his former college roommate Alan Johnson together once again on a Manhattan street corner, Alan is shocked to see just how far his old friend has fallen. The score was written by , and orchestrated by. And Charlie helps Alan, first by being someone who gets him to say out loud what's bothering him about his life, then by so destabilizing his home life that both Alan and Janeane are forced to start talking to each other again instead of pretending that everything is fine. You will get a notification at the top of the site as soon as the current price equals or falls below your price.
Dialogue is always clear, but, equally important, so are the details of the actors' performances. Charlie is barely communicative, however, ending every session after only a couple of minutes. At a pivotal moment when Charlie and Alan both need a trusted friend, the restorative power of a rekindled friendship provides a lifeline needed to move forward. Not everything in Reign Over Me works equally well. The film's palette tends toward cool blues, which is consistent both with the winter season and with the chilly emotional temperatures that both male lead characters find themselves maintaining or trying to maintain. I have a friend that lost her son a few years ago and Adam Sandler's character was her for quite sometime. There is so much predictability to the subplots yet so many of them are squeezed into the picture in a nonsensical fashion.
Like other advocates of digital photography, Binder is enthusiastic about its ability to capture substantial detail of a cityscape by night, with significant depth of field and without the need for huge lighting rigs. How have the media treated the event? Alan has been waylaying Angela for months seeking advice for his own problems, but now he's brought her a real patient. Why do you think Charlie is so fond of popular culture that reminds him of his youth comics, '80s bands, video games, etc. The film and disc are highly recommended. How many times have I run into a person that I was friends with only to fund out that their lives haven't gone according to script. The film stars , , , , , and Mike Binder. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family.
For much of the film, Sandler's character is ragged-looking, distraught, aggressive, and foul-mouthed -- though he can also be charming in a childish way. Except for Jada I'm seriously confused by many of the critical reviews of this film. Although cityscapes, dentists' offices and New York apartments with music rooms and massive videogame setups would seem to present natural opportunities for surround effects, Binder doesn't exploit them. While Finnegan deals with his own problems, Johnson seems to have it all with a great career as a dentist and a beautiful family that he adores. They decide that he should not be committed; instead, Charlie moves to a new apartment, leaving behind the painful memories associated with his former home. Without these songs, the film would be greatly diminished; their importance far outranks that of any surround effect.
How do tragic stories and images help us work through emotional wounds? They have arrived at the same place and, as a result, end up helping each other—to each other's surprise—but the routes are entirely dissimilar. It's completely worth watching and after seeing it, I'm positive the viewer will appreciate his or her family much more. Storyline: Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. The man at the center of this maelstrom just wants to be left alone to listen to music, collect old records, jam on drums and guitar, play the Shadow of the Colossus videogame and renovate his kitchen a non-stop pursuit whose purpose will eventually be explained. Gradually, though, Alan and Charlie strike up a bizarre friendship based on student experiences so far in the past that they can barely remember most of them. It was a moving story of a guy sandler that lost his family in the 9-11 world trade center attacks.