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Red Tails (2012) Anthony Hemingway

Posted in R on February 20, 2013 by moviemoses

Production Budget: $58 million

Gross: $49 million

Red Tails is based off of the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a test group of African American fighter pilots used during WWII.  Producer George Lucas had difficulty finding a distributor for this movie which he blamed on racism from Hollywood.  I tend to believe they did not want to distribute it because its a piece of crap.

Red Tails is juggling far too many balls and Lucas is barely talented enough to keep one ball in the air.  When I talk about balls I actually mean sub plots and themes.  Situations are set up and nothing is ever explored fully.  Let me give you a few examples.  One subplot involves one of the red tails getting shot down and put in a POW camp.  Whether this happened in real life I have no clue because I don’t believe a single thing Lucas tells me about historical accuracy.  But even overlooking that, I want to focus on this more in storytelling terms.  So you want to tell the story about the imprisonment and escape of a pilot in a POW camp.  Fine.  You need to dedicate more than five minutes of your film to this.  I am not exaggerating when I say the moment the pilot walks in to the camp he is immediately told of an escape plan and the next scene with him has him popping out of a hole being dug out of the camp.  Why even bother with that story if you aren’t even going to put five minutes into telling it?  How are we supposed to be invested or feel anything about this character when the moment you put him in this situation he immediately escapes?

Another sub plot is about the commander and his supposed “drinking problem“.  I put that in giant air quotes because I never see it as being a problem.  We see him drinking, and we have scenes where people tell us his drinking will cause problems in the air, but we never see it.  I’m no screenwriter, but even I know you need a scene where the captain’s drinking problem presents itself so you are justified in bringing it up.  In the movie, we actually get the opposite.  I never see the captain having a problem flying or commanding his squadron, and in fact, I see him attempt a heroic rescue while supposedly drunk.  The rescue fails but not because of the drunk captain, but because of mistakes from other people.  So instead of actually showing me how his drinking causes a problem you show me the opposite that somehow drinking makes him a better pilot while simultaneously telling me he is putting everyone in danger.

Another subplot involves one of the pilots in a supposed romance with an Italian woman.  These are the scenes involving the two and again, I am not making this up.  Scene one the pilot sees the woman from a few thousand feet up in a plane and they have love at first sight.  Scene two the pilot finds the woman’s house and just makes himself at home despite never talking before.  Scene three they fuck.  Scene four he proposes to the girl.  Keep in mind that these characters cannot speak to each other because he only speaks English and she only speaks Italian.  So we are lead to believe that this couple has sprinted through the relationship course of meeting, fucking, and marrying within the span of a week without even talking to one another?

I keep referring to the characters as the pilot or the male or the captain because I honestly can’t remember any of the characters to even look on IMDb to put in this review.  They are all these one dimensional stereotypes that you would see in any movie of this kind.  For being a movie about the real life Tuskegee Airmen, I feel ripped off.  I don’t feel like I learn anything about any of these people and what they really went through.  Instead we get generic war movie with a generic racism is bad theme slapped on.  I would be interested in seeing a new movie on the Tuskegee Airmen.  Too bad I didn’t get that here.

But even overlooking the fact this is not a factual movie  and just looking at it as an action movie I still don’t like it.  As I mentioned before the characters are one dimensional and one of my main characters is flat out unlikable.  There is this Maverick type character who is supposed to be the cool rebel but is simply annoying.  Am I really supposed to root for the guy who disobeys orders constantly and gets people killed for doing that?  Forget the drinking problem, the whole disobeying orders problem gets far more people killed.  I didn’t want him to be our protagonist, I wanted him to be thrown in jail for insubordination.

The lack of connection to the characters also hurts the action when I don’t give a crap if they live or die.  Even overlooking that though, I still don’t think the action is any good.  The fight scenes miss that speed that anyone who even watched Top Gun as a kid would know you need and the lame CGI makes the whole thing look fakey.

You may have noticed I haven’t even mentioned the two biggest stars of this movie: Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr.  Well, that is because they are not really in it.  You see Cuba wandering around lost on set munching on his pipe cause that is the only character trait he is given.  Major Stance – He has a pipe.  Terrence Howard’s only job is to show up every 30 minutes or so and deliver a lame inspirational speech.

I guess the only other items to really discuss are the dialog and the direction.  Come on, this is a George Lucas supervised movie, of course the dialog is shitty.  It is almost so bad its funny to see the horribly stilted expository dialog being forced out of the crappy actors mouths.  And despite already knowing this movie was directed by Anthony Hemingway and not George Lucas, I think my subconscious mind knew better and for the longest time, my draft had the director listed as Lucas.  This movie looks and sounds so much like a Lucas film that I could seriously not tell the difference.  Hemingway must have had Lucas on his back the whole production.

I seriously didn’t mean to rant for so long but when you want me to list the things that are wrong with this movie you get a book.  Lucas‘ films should almost be study material for film school on what not to do.  Red Tails betrays the real Tuskegee Airmen by shitting on their story for the sake of a crappy action film that doesn’t even work in that regard.  The writing is horrible with half baked sub plot after half baked subplot, the dialog is hilariously bad, the acting is flat and stilted, the direction is piss poor, the story is predictable at best, and the action is boring.  This was near the worst film of 2012 for me.  By the way Red Tails won Best Picture at the NAACP Image Awards.  I don’t care what criteria you use, if Red Tails was seriously the best anything of the year, I would quit watching movies from then on.

Rock of Ages (2012) Adam Shankman

Posted in R on January 14, 2013 by moviemoses

Production Budget: $75 million

Worldwide Gross: $56 million

I’m sure I’ve long since killed a good portion of what little cool I had by admitting I like Glee.  But while its popularity may be overstated, I can at least make a case for why it is admired unlike, say, Twilight.  I think it is a kind of evolution of Saved by the Bell teen goofiness combined with the fun factor of doing big productions of current pop hits.  It is a fresh and energetic take a midst a field of generic blandness.

I can at least give you my feelings upon seeing the trailers for Rock of Ages.  It feels like when your parents try to use current slang in an effort to try to sound “cool“ for their kids but it ends up making them look even more square.  I see Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, and Bryan Cranston (yes, even Bryan Cranston) trying desperately to capitalize on this Glee/High School Musical fad.  But instead of coming off like cool superstars, people like Brand and Baldwin (who have a duet in the film) come off like the Griswalds singing Mockingbird to their kids on summer vacation.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Rock of Ages is about young Drew (Diego Boneta) and Sherrie (Julianne Hough) who work at a club in Hollywood run by Dennis (Alec Baldwin).  Drew and Sherrie have feelings for one another and are trying to make it in the music business.  Dennis‘ club is going bankrupt but one concert may turn things around when rock god Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) is doing one last concert with his current band.  Meanwhile Mayor Whitmore (Cranston) and his prudish wife Patricia (Zeta-Jones) are trying to close the club.

One part where this movie suffers, I guess is an observation universal to movies and not just this one, is that it doesn’t have any interesting characters.  I’m not really exaggerating when all the characters can be summed up in a short phrase.  Dennis is trying to save the club and that’s it.  I can’t describe what he’s like or how he is going to act in a situation.  He is just Alec Baldwin in a bad wig trying to save his club.  Drew wants to be a rock star.  Sherrie is in love with Drew.  Nothing changes during the course of the movie and absolutely no depth is added.  I’ll even compare this to another Glee inspired movie this year which is Pitch Perfect.  Pitch Perfect is a very fun movie, and it is not necessarily about the musical numbers.  Effort was put into telling jokes and working on characters.  Because when I say I want characters I’m not wanting Shakespearean work done, but I need something to connect with.  Anna Kendrick’s Beca has a goal and she has a flaw which is holding her back.  The conflict is about her overcoming her own problems of connecting with people.  Its not epic, but its all I need to make me care about what happens to her in a movie about competing a capella groups.

But more specific to Rock of Ages is it doesn’t go far enough given the topic of rock and roll excess.  If there is anything to take from things like Spinal Tap or Tenacious D is rock (especially the 80’s hair metal) is ripe for mockery.  The only person who seems to be aware of this in Rock of Ages is Tom Cruise.  His spots are the only good parts as he knows this needs a hammy performance.  But even his over the top performance is not quite over enough if you’ve seen the Decline of Western Civilization or read The Dirt.  Everyone is playing this far too bland and, well, un-Metal.  It is quite telling they choose songs like ‘We built this city‘ by Starship as their rock anthem since it is one of the most anti-rock songs ever.  They might as well be singing kumbaya for how controversial they are.  They use the term ‘Rock‘ when really they want ‘Pop‘ because Pop is less offensive to the younger generation than mocking/paying homage to true rock.

This movie really taxed my patience.  Despite having no characters and a paper thin plot, the film makers have pushed this to about two hours.  What actually makes things worse is they add far too many songs for this musical.  I swear it is not even two minutes after a song has finished that we get another one.  It makes things all the more transparent you have nothing else than the Rock Band D-List to cover for having no other material for this piece of crap.

A few other miscellaneous notes before I wrap this up.  Alec Baldwin singing is frankly embarrassing  Julianne Hough sings like she is a lost member of the Chipettes (you seriously wont get that thought out of your head if you do see this movie), and Russell Brand is the anti-funny who never needs to be seen again in any kind of media.  Rock of Ages didn’t need to suck as bad as it did.  At its core it is a musical version of Empire Records which could have been entertaining enough.  Everything about this though screams cheap cash in and for once, the general audience didn’t bite on it.  The characters are beyond bland, the plot is non-existent, the songs get annoying at times, and there is a noticeable lack of fun to be had.  Fuck Rock of Ages, but by all means, see Pitch Perfect.

Rhinestone (1984) Bob Clark

Posted in R on October 17, 2012 by moviemoses

Production Budget: $28 million

US Gross: $21 million (could only find US gross)

Jake (Dolly Parton) is a country music star who is stuck in a bad contract with sleazy club owner Freddie (Ron Leibman).  The two make a bet that she can turn any ordinary Joe into a country star in a week.  If Jake wins she tears up her contract, and if Freddie wins she has to sign a longer contract and sleep with him.  That ordinary Joe happens to be atonal cabbie Nick played by Sylvester Stallone.

Rhinestone seemed like a perfect movie to re-evaluate for this blog.  Everyone cites this as Stallone killing his career but I doubt hardly anyone has really seen it.  Trust me when I say I came into this movie with good intentions.  Heck, this was directed by Bob Clark (Porky’s, Christmas Story, Black Christmas) prior to him sucking (see the Baby Geniuses series).

The best thing I can say about Rhinestone is that despite the shitty origins (being based on the song Rhinestone Cowboy) it had the potential to be a really fun movie.  Its just a fish out of water story about a city slicker learning to become “country“ which, when you think about it, is a very familiar story.  This is actually my first time seeing Dolly Parton in an acting role and it is easy to see why she had success.  She has a ton of personality, is a great singer, and is very attractive.  Parton steals every scene she is in an almost pulls off the task of making this movie somewhat likable.

And then Sylvester Stallone comes into the movie.  Look I love Stallone; I honestly do.  I can even see why producers thought he would be right for this role. You need someone who can be both a hunky leading man and an ordinary schlub and Rocky pretty much fits the bill on both counts.  So I am not just bashing Stallone because it is the easy thing to do.  I am bashing Stallone because he legitimately sucks in this movie.

The main problem is this comedy really needed a straight man.  The comedy from this movie is supposed to spring from the fact this ordinary guy is taken out of his comfort zone to the backwoods of Tennessee (or wherever) and forced to mingle with the goofy yokels in order to become like them.  The supporting characters are supposed to be goofy and the situations Nick are supposed to be in are supposed to be wacky, but Nick is not supposed to be wacky.  That is the problem.  Nick is chewing up tons more scenery than the rest of the cast which I would have thought impossible but scene after scene he is howling out his lines and bouncing off the walls.  He goes way beyond trying to hard to “get off my fucking television“ type annoyance.

It so doesn’t help that in this musical comedy, Sylvester Stallone can’t sing.  At all.  Part of the story should be this caterpillar to butterfly aspect where Nick can’t sing but by the time he gets on the big stage he should sound awesome.  In Rhinestone when Stallone has his big coming out, he honestly sounds ten times worse than when he started.  A medal should be given to Dolly Parton for trying to carry Stallone because you can see her straining to try to drown out Stallone’s grunting but with no luck.  I can’t stress to you how painful it actually is to hear the pretty singing of Parton contrasted to the caveman Rocky grunts Stallone forces out as if a melody is something he should hit like a heavy bag.  I was so thankful the credits started rolling despite Stallone doing an encore number because it meant I could mercifully shut off the movie at that point.

Rhinestone ends up being a bad film but I still don’t consider it among Stallone’s worst.  I’m not sure what that says about the quality of Stallone’s works.  As I said the premise had potential, some of the situations are charming, and Dolly Parton really tries to make this a movie of her own.  Unfortunately the plot is really thin, the writing doesn’t capitalize on the comedic elements of the story, and Stallone is absolutely dreadful in the supporting role.  Something tells me I should have avoided the fake jewel that is the Rhinestone for something more real like Nine to Five.

The Rum Diary (Bruce Robinson) 2011

Posted in R on May 2, 2012 by moviemoses

Production Budget: $45 million

Worldwide Gross: $24 million

A little over a decade after Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas we get a sort of semi-autobiographical prequel starring the same actor.  Normally I would say somthing about an actor 13 years older playing someone younger than the last movie looking off but Johnny Depp apparently feeds off the young to keep his youthful appearance so we are all good.  Now I haven’t read Hunter Thompson’s books yet.  In terms of alcoholic drug abusing writers I’ve been too busy with Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and Charles Bukowski.  My plate is full on reading material but I only bring it up to say I have no idea if this movie is faithful to the source material or even if the source material was good to begin with.  The only point of reference I have is seeing Fear and Loathing so here we go.

The trailers for this movie were not very good in that I was left wondering what the hell this movie was about.  Sure, it had Johnny Depp doing wacky shenanigans, but was there any point to it?  It all felt directionless and after watching the movie it is reasonable to say it is not the trailer’s fault.  The movie is about Thompson stand in Paul Kemp (Depp) who is taking a job for a newspaper in Puerto Rico.  The newspaper is losing money and the boss Lotterman (Richard Jenkins) is looking to shut it down.  Two of the newspapers workers, Moberg (Giovanni Ribisi) and Sala (Michael Rispoli) give Kemp a place to stay and they become good friends.  Meanwhile, Kemp gets into a shady deal with local landowner Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart) and falls for his girlfriend Chenault (Amber Heard).  Despite that rather longwinded summary of what happens in the film, it is strange how unfocused everything is.  There is no main conflict driving the plot so we drift from one subplot to the next.  We get Kemp boozing it up, then we have him trying to write for the paper and making Lotterman happy, then we booze it up more, then we meet Sanderson, then booze, then romance with Chenault, booze, Sanderson, booze, Lotterman, booze, booze, Sanderson, Chenault, booze, booze, end credits.

There is a point to it all, but it is buried under so much crap it is hard to care.  Rum Diary is supposed to be about the turning point in Thompson’s life.  This is where he gains his attitude to the “bastards“ of the world and gains his literary voice.  The problem is none of it is given the time or the attention it deserves.  Thompson is supposed to be disgusted at the commercialization and exploitation of Puerto Rico and how it is screwing over the natives and Sanderson is the personification of that.  However we do not feel that Sanderson is some Gordon Gecko with his business deals and we aren’t left asking “How much is enough?“  Instead Sanderson is played like, well, a douchebag.  All we see of him being “evil“ is him being a jerk to natives and controlling of his girlfriend.  Being a tool is not restricted to certain wage brackets and while we feel like Sanderson is a jerk, we don’t connect with the larger point that Thompson is trying to make.  What should be a rallying cry against the greedy and the unethical and the immoral falls flat because it’s not so much about Sanderson’s agenda but because he kicks Chenault out of the house.  All the while, Kemp is little more than an observer to the events going on.  Kemp may object to Sanderson building a hotel under unethical methods but he is more than happy to take his money and lounge on his boat.  The final confrontation falls flat because there is none.  We are supposed to feel something triumphant at the end because Kemp found his voice but you lose a bit of that feeling when you realize he failed utterly in everything he tried to achieve on Puerto Rico.

But again, that is giving too much thought to a plot which is more of a subplot.  Much of this movie feels like time filler.  There is no point to the Kemp/Chenault romance, there is no point to Lotterman, there is no point to the newspaper, and there is no point to Kemp putzing around with Sala.  Now to give the movie credit, not everything necessarily needs a point and the scenes with Kemp and Sala are the best parts of the movie.  Depp and Rispoli have a good chemistry and the hijinks they get into are very funny at times.  Those scenes were a breath of fresh air because at least then the writers were simply trying to be entertaining rather than fumbling around with other ambitions.

The acting by Depp is solid as usual and as mentioned before Rispoli does a good job.  Jenkins and Eckhart aren’t given roles worthy of their time so don’t bother seeing the movie for them.  Amber Heard gives probably the surprise performance as Chenault who has some nice banter with Depp.  The absolute worst is Giovanni Ribisi who seems in his latest movies to be competing for most annoying asshat (this character is probably second place to his annoying asshat in Contraband).

This movie is not so much bad as it is forgettable.  While Depp can be funny at times, it doesn’t feel worth it with the meandering story spread out over two hours (which feels much longer).  I doubt Thompson fans will get much out of this movie as it seems the themes are poorly handled.  This may fill your needs on an extremely dull day but not for much more than that.

The Road (2009) John Hillcoat

Posted in R on August 2, 2011 by moviemoses

Production Budget: $25 million

Worldwide Gross: $27 million

The story of The Road is simple enough.  A man (Viggo Mortensen) and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) are trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world.  They are trying to head south and toward the shoreline for hopefully better climate, better people, and food.  The reason for why the world is in the state its in is never told (although there are frequent earthquakes); the pair just have to survive.

To start off I’ll say this is a bleak movie.  Very bleak.  There is no hope that the world will get better, no hope civilization will return, and no hope there is any sign these people will live anything that even remotely comes close to a comfortable life.  They have to claw, scratch, and bite for everything they have.  This is about removing everything including hope and still finding a drive for survival.  When everything is gone, these characters will still fight for even one more second of life.

I mention the bleak tone because this will affect some people.  I have to say that there are some scenes in this movie that even I, the most jaded and experienced nerd, was even shocked by.  This will be a difficult movie to see and I can understand people not wanting to go into a real downer.  If you do recognize what you are getting into then I think you will be fine.

The plot is minimalist (much like the book from what I hear).  There is not a traditional story arc with a climax or anything like that.  This is more episodic from their experiences along the road.  Because of the episodic nature, the movie can seem to meander a bit between chapters and you may be left wondering when the story will actually conclude.  But when you do get into the next full chapter you will be brought back into the excitement.  These chapters are very intense because we are dealing with a father trying to protect his son from the very bottom of what society has degenerated to.  As I said, their evasion and dealings with them are very intense.

The acting is great.  Viggo Mortensen carries the movie and does a lot with limited dialog and actions.  The child actor is also surprisingly good.  You also get some appearances from great actors.  These appearances will not take you out of the action; these guys are so heavy in makeup that I was struggling to find out where I knew these people.

The look of the movie is also striking.  I wouldn’t dare call this beautiful but the visuals are impressive.  We get large scale visions of this desolate wasteland and the gray muted color palate is memorable.

This movie is bold and it makes no compromises to try to make it more acceptable to the general public.  This is a difficult movie but at the same time I thought it was great.  For those that did have high hopes for this movie coming from the source material, then I don’t think you will be disappointed.   I recommend this movie.




Robocop 3 (1993) Fred Dekker

Posted in R on March 27, 2011 by moviemoses

Production Budget: $23 million

Gross: $10 million

Wow, I keep forgetting how bad this movie is and I am surprised every single time. This review will be a let down. I usually love to be in depth and describe what I don’t like and in this review I simply can’t.

Okay, so the plot of this movie is OCP is trying to evict several people from Old Detroit to make room for whatever evil plan they have. I dunno, it doesn’t matter. They’re eeeeeeeevil. Anyway, a group of people who live in those areas have formed a resistance force to fight OCP. Robocop and the police are first sent in to arrest the resistance, but Robocop decides to fight for them when he sees what is really going on.

Why do I hate this movie? For one, its because it doesn’t feel like Robocop is in it. For much of the movie Robocop is injured and out of action. Most of what we see is from the resistance side which is about as interesting as dry toast. None of these people are memorable or worth following, the plot is not interesting at all, and there is nothing new to wake me from my movie induced coma. Of the time we do get to see Robocop, we see the writers tread the same tired ground so much it doesn’t even count. Gee, OCP wants to take away Robocop’s humanity but events/memories change and he becomes more like Murphy. I’ve NEVER seen that before. This is not anything that adds to the Robocop character, this is a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy.

So what do we get that is new? Well we go from the devastating ED 209 from the first movie, the evil Kane in the second movie, to the funny (although not in a good way) ineffectual samurai villain. Okay, we also have the death of Murphy’s best friend Lewis…which is robbed of any real significance and felt more like an afterthought to spice up a dreadful script. A lousy scene where Robocop uses a jet pack? Yeah, that’s about it.

There is nothing here for fans of the original movie. All of the satire and humor from the original are gone. Any of the memorable bad guys or good action scenes are replaced by poorly conceived crap. Even Peter Weller is replaced by a horrible replacement. All of the charm of the original is gone, and there is no reason to see this. I am not just talking about Robocop fans either. I see no reason for ANYONE to see this movie for any reason. This movie just sucks on all levels. And I’m sorry I can’t be a little more eloquent in expressing my hate for this movie, but if the writers aren’t going to give a shit then why should I?

Random Hearts (1999) Sydney Pollack

Posted in R on March 9, 2011 by moviemoses

Production Budget: $64 million

Worldwide Gross: $74 million

“I try to go back…in my head. What’s the last thing you remember about you and your husband that you know is true. I gotta find out how far back I have to go to do that.” Dutch

The spouses of police detective Dutch (Harrison Ford) and Senator Kay (Kristin Scott Thomas) are killed in a plane crash. Dutch finds out that his wife and the senator’s husband were having an affair. Dutch goes to Kay in order to find out more about the affair, but they later grow close as a result of the investigation.

I normally don’t quote lines from movies but I think that line from the movie encapsulates what Random Hearts is really getting at. I have always felt that, of all the crimes that could be perpetrated on someone, confidence games are some of the most heinous. Sure assaults are horrible and thefts are a pain, but bruises heal and money can be earned back. It is something to have your trust in people shattered by someone playing on your confidence. And to tie this all back to the movie, it can also be hell on your psyche to have someone you supposedly trust above most others turn around and stab you in the back.

This is the main struggle that is going on with our protagonist Dutch. He is a detective who feels doubly embarrassed by his wife’s infidelity. Not only was he completely fooled, but Dutch feels worse because he feels he should have spotted it due to his line of work. Ford’s character ends up on some kind of Sam Spade pursuit of the truth almost expecting some villain at the end of the trail. It is all lashing out at some attempt to answer for some emotional scars. When did she start the affair? Why? When did she stop loving him? How much of it all was an act?

It was a rather interesting take on something that looked bland in the trailer. Random Hearts is more of a character study than a steamy romance between Ford and Thomas. It is also for that reason that I think the movie failed. I actually see the movie (with its script and narrative focus) as more of an independent film than a big budget release. Because you have two big names (which probably accounted for most of the budget), you now have to change things up to appeal to the larger audience.

One of the problems I had with this movie was the addition of a completely pointless subplot in which Dutch is trying to build a case against a rogue cop who kills people (played by Dennis Haysbert). And when I say completely pointless, I mean COMPLETELY FREAKING POINTLESS. Really, it feels like adding a subplot about a serial killer in the middle of The Notebook. I can only figure the producers thought most of the male demographic would be bored out of their skulls at this movie. So have Harrison Ford do some generic Harrison Ford action stuff and maybe that will pacify them. It has no basis on the overall story and the only payoff is a laughable clusterf*ck at the end of the movie. This movie did not need to be two hours and thirteen minutes long.

The other problem I had with this movie was actually with the whole romance aspect. I know, that is pretty much the selling point of this movie but it doesn’t work. First, for as much time as we get to know Dutch, Kay really gets shafted as far as character development. I love Kristen Scott Thomas as an actress, but she had nothing to work with here. Plus the whole romance just felt forced. These are two people that are comforting themselves in the wake of a tragedy. But don’t confuse “comforting” with hard groping in the front seat of a Lexus. The first time they hook up is so out of left field I threw my hands up in confusion.

Random Hearts is another in a long line of ‘mixed bags’ which I have covered on this blog. This movie certainly was much better than I ever expected it to be. Although I did come into this movie practically kicking and screaming. However I was surprised at the different turn the movie actually took and the somewhat interesting characters. That being said, the negative does outweigh the positive. The writing is all over the map, the acting can be hammy at times, and the tone is at times too melodramatic. While I am nowhere near hating this movie, I cannot recommend this movie to anyone either. Random Hearts was a nice try, but overall a failure.