Our college son was home sick all last week which meant LOTS of TV and a couple of movies. I wasn't feeling well myself, so that worked out fine. My husband, our son, and I watched two good movies on Netflix:
joins his father's (rather criminal) business alongside his older
brother, and his downward spiral begins. He knows he's sold out and
given up his dreams and becomes more and more bitter. In addition, Katie
wants to have kids and David is firmly against it, which further
broadens the rift growing between them. They have two gorgeous houses -
one in the city and one on a lake - and all that money can buy, but
neither of them is happy, and David seems more and more withdrawn. As
you might recall from the news reports in 1982, Katie goes missing one
night, and though foul play is suspected, nothing is ever proven and no
charges are ever brought.
The entire movie is framed by
a courtroom scene, with voiceovers of an attorney questioning an
elderly David about all of these events, though we don't find out until
the end of the movie exactly why he is in court. It's a creepy
psychological thriller that keeps you guessing. Ryan Gosling is perfect
in the lead role, playing his usual silent but deep and troubled guy
with a chilling coldness. Kirsten Dunst is also excellent as Katie, and
Frank Langella plays the controlling, powerful father very well. All in
all, it is a chilling movie based on a real-life unsolved case - not
exactly uplifting fodder but gripping and darkly suspenseful.
The geeks put their
heads together, go shopping, and finish putting the time travel
apparatus together using the blueprints over the course of several
weeks. Cute girl Jessie joins their ragtag group, and they begin
traveling back in time. They start slowly, going back a week so that one
of their group can retake the chemistry test he failed because he was
busy working on the time machine. They make other trips back for various
reasons, until they start to notice some unintended consequences. You
can guess the rest - as in any time travel story, you should never
tamper with the past! Things spin out of control as David frantically
tries to fix their mistakes.
I love time travel stories
for their mind-bending and thought-provoking twisty plots, though this
one has a few holes in it. I see that some critics really hated the
hand-held camera approach here or picked apart the plot holes, but the
three of us just went along for the ride and enjoyed it. It's a
fun-filled, action-packed teen time travel movie, with the usual
subplots about friendship and love, and of course, that hard-won lesson:
never tamper with the past.
Have you seen any good movies lately?