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Review by Pedro Sena
2½ stars out of 4
Peter Weir has been on a roll for a long time. His characters are always in
a very careful high wire act, on the verge of falling either way into an
emotional pit. It is no real suroeise, to see that this film follows that
same pattern. At least, this film has a feeling that the person who wrote
it knows a little more about the whole subject than not, and
it may be just because the screenplay writer, was also the person who wrote
FEARLESS is not a difficult story, but it is one of those "event" type of
stories that require a little time to "heal" itself, and to work itself out.
The story is a one liner. A plane crashes, and a few people survive. And
those who do can remember the details in, do so in a sort of guilty style,
like they should apologize for being alive and not having died. Max has
been in an invincible form since, not needing to solve his own problems.
And while he is in this form, and capable of helping others ( as it turns
out ), his own body is resistant to a few events, like the fact that he is
allergic to strawberries. Carla has been feeling awful, because her own
child died, just seconds
after she let go of him from her hands. Various others are also in a
disarray of an emotional stress.
And the film is really about Max, and his ability to help out a few of the
plane survivors, specially Carla.
With some very nice performances by Jeff Bridges and Rosie Perez, this film
is rather nice to watch, and never crosses the line of bad taste, or into
the realm of horror. It is about those people's fears, and lack of
understanding, since the accident. A tough subject... a tougher story,
requiring a tough director to lead it. There are similarities
here to the film THE HERO, where Dustin Hoffman has a similar role. Here
things are better defined. There a supreme acting job made the film.
Copyright © 1993 Pedro Sena
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