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Further sad evidence that Tom Tykwer, director of the resonant and sense spinning Run Lola Run, has turned out to be a one trick pony a maker of softh ..
while Franka Potente fans may keenly feel her absence in this film, the addition of the absolutely phenomenal Cate Blanchett more than balances the bo ..
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Which isnt to say that we dont form a relationship with these creatures.
Tykwer remains a fascinating filmmaker, though hes no longer interested in re creating the speed and single mindedness of Run Lola Run.
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A very interesting film and, if you are a thinking person, it will haunt you for some time after you have seen it.
At least a restrained Ribisi convinces as an Italian, though if ever a movie needed one of the actors whiny jags to pump it up, this has to be among t ..
In Heaven the Australian dramatic chameleon Cate Blanchett gives the most compelling screen performance of her career.
The mixture of high artistry, visual poetry and depth of meaning makes for an endlessly fascinating and compelling film.
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Unfortunately, Tykwer doesnt manage to deliver that and thus the film suffers from such motivational problems.
Maybe thats because Clooneys presence elicits memories of another, better ensemble heist comedy, Oceans 11.
Director Tykwer proves once again that he knows how to mesmerize audiences.
Tykwer is in love with the classic convention of lovers on the lam, but he hasnt worn it out yet. Instead, he consistently renews it.
The real joy here lies in Tykwers technical virtuosity and the haunting, otherworldly quality of the scripts obsessions.
Bhansali does hit a wrong note by stalling the tragic momentum with a late lighthearted number, but this minor stumble doesnt blunt the emotional impa ..
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An elegantly shot thriller, which manages to be compelling until its final act.
By no means a slam dunk and sure to ultimately disappoint the action fans who will be moved to the edge of their seats by the dynamic first act, it st ..
But with The Princess and the Warrior which does prove that Tykwer is genuinely talented hes crafted a film thats gorgeous to look at, but completely ..
Tykwers surface flash isnt just a poor fit with Kieslowskis lyrical pessimism; it completely contradicts everything Kieslowskis work aspired to, inclu ..
Unfortunately, the film doesnt sustain its initial promise with a jarring, new agey tone creeping into the second half.
A 6m cable filler featurette called The Story of Heaven isnt any better.
After a meandering last act, such an ending may leave the literal minded filmgoer confused and frustrated, which is why I dont recommend Heaven more h ..
While well never really know what Kieslowski might have made of this ... we can be reasonably certain even he would be moved by what this unlikely you ..
It nicely balances questions of justice and culpability, vigilatism and corruption, and is ultimately a satisfying 93 minute run through Italian insti ..
Lacks too much of Tykwers pacing or Kieslowskis deep thinking to make it worthwhile.
Like many of Kieslowskis religious analogies ... this may sound a bit much on paper, but it works like gangbusters in context.
Review by Andrew L. Urban: A gripping thriller about a womans justifiable revenge turns into a compelling love drama with a poetic spiral that rises l ..
The ambiguous note on which Heaven ends would be irritating in a conventional film, but here it seems curiously fitting.
Another love story in 2002s remarkable procession of sweeping pictures that have reinvigorated the romance genre.
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We can argue for eternity if this Heaven is the one Kieslowski dreamed of, but we can be grateful that Tykwer had the courage to climb the ladder Kies ..
Mr. Tykwer manages to put his own stamp on Heaven without neglecting the vision of the man who wrote it.
To work, love stories require the full emotional involvement and support of a viewer. That is made almost impossible by events that set the plot in mo ..
Still, if Heaven didnt have those weird reminders, it wouldnt feel like an anemic substitute.
The story is a rather simplistic one: grief drives her, love drives him, and a second chance to find love in the most unlikely place it struck a chord ..
Instead, Lee and Benioff tow a graceful affective line between art and life.
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But when actors as talented as Blanchett and Ribisi cant make us understand why theyre in love, or what theyre doing exactly, somethings wrong.
Run Lola Runs Tom Tykwer shoots Krzysztof Kieslowskis last script for a gorgeous, occasionally confused tale of love and sin in Italy.
Tykwer brings to life the late Kieslowskis script in this intense and romantic gem of a film.
The screenplay ... oversimplifies aspects of Lee and Mr. Greys relationship while unnecessarily complicating others.
Far more successful, if considerably less ambitious, than last years Kubrick meets Spielberg exercise.
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A love story thats also about the slow, incremental meting out of right, Heaven has some absolutely gorgeous imagery but theres also a frustrating rel ..
Directing a Kieslowski script is like directing a Kubrick script you have to be Spielberg to even try, and youre still likely to fail.
Some movies suck you in despite their flaws, and Heaven is one such beast.
If your idea of movie heaven is an intelligent script, an imaginative director on top of his game and gutsy performances by talented actors, then grab ..
The story itself holds a sense of stark reality and raw emotions mixed with a sense of flight and fantasy.
A penitent meditation on guilt, revenge, sacrifice, and redemption.
Seems to have less to do with lived moral dilemmas than with the smug piety of its makers.
Theres the plot, and a maddeningly insistent and repetitive piano score that made me want to scream.
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