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DVD Review: The Words

It’s seldom that a film like The Words comes along, but when it does, it’s like nothing else.

What makes The Words a standout is the way it builds, like a crescendo.

The film is labeled as a thriller, but it paces more as a drama.

The Words follows Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper,) a struggling writer who is determined to create a masterpiece novel. During his honeymoon with his wife Dora (Zoe Saldana), who continually believes in him throughout, they find a very old briefcase in an antique store.

Rory buys it and when he returns home he finds a manuscript inside. The manuscript tells the story of an American soldier (Ben Barnes) who is stationed in Paris and falls in love with a local (Nora Arnezeder). The love between the couple is tumultuous and very much like a roller coaster.

The manuscript is like nothing Rory has ever read. He then re-types it verbatim and submits it as his own work.

A publisher then buys it and it becomes a best-selling book, which not only ears Rory countless awards, but big success as well.

However, guilt is following Rory and then he comes head-to-head with an old man (Jeremy Irons), who knows of all the details about the novel.

There are other layers to the film, which include other characters such as Clay Hammond (Dennis Quaid) and Daniella (Olivia Wilde). The layers really close the loop on the film.

Cooper does an incredible job portraying the guilt a writer might feel, especially one who hopes to be great, but resorts to stealing another’s work.

Edited: December 23rd, 2012

DVD Review: Premium Rush

It seems Joseph Gordon-Levitt can do no wrong.

And, the actor proves just that in Premium Rush.

The film follows Wilee (Gordon-Levitt), a NYC bike messenger who is continually being pursued by villainous cop Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) because of a mysterious envelope.

What sets the film apart is director David Koepp’s flashback structure, which goes back in time and explains certain scenes. Many times, the structure elevates the action scenes.

One of the greatest scenes is Wilee analyzing a situation and seeing different outcomes.

Gordon-Levitt does a great job with many of the stunts done and Shannon is a wonder to view as he continues on his villainous streak.

Edited: December 22nd, 2012

Blu-ray/DVD Review: The Odd Life of Timothy Green

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is not your typical Disney movie. But that’s not a bad thing.

The film is heart-warming and uplifting – key ingredients from Disney – and is a nice change in tempo from the typical princess films.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green follows Cindy (Jennifer Garner) and Jim Green (Joel Edgerton) who very desperately want a child of their own, but have trouble conceiving. After getting bad news from a fertility doctor, the couple return to their home and write out a list of qualities they would like their child to have, such as “Picasso with a Pencil” or “Honest to a Fault” and then bury the characteristics in a box in their garden.

After a storm, Cindy and Jim awake to find a small child that just so happens to have the same characteristics they wished for.

The pair are then thrown into the joys and challenges of parenthood.

Both Garner and Edgerton have evident chemistry and delivery great performances. The film does take a melancholy route – don’t worry, no spoilers – but nonetheless, it tugs at the heartstrings.

Blu-ray/DVD bonus features include audio commentary from writer/director Peter Hedges, who discusses everything about the making of the movie from the casting of the movie to some different directorial decisions.

Additionally, there are five deleted scenes that features optional commentary from Hedges.

Edited: December 17th, 2012

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