Year of Release: 2003
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Approx. Running Time: 106 minutes
My Rating: 1 star (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix, Golden Globe winner Claire Danes and Academy Award winner Sean Penn star in this electrifying suspense-thriller set in a futuristic apocalyptic world. After years of living apart, John (Phoenix) arrives in New York to deliver divorce papers to world-famous ice skater Elena (Danes). But as he re-enters Elena's high-profile world of skating and celebrity, he soon discovers that unnerving things are slowly destroying his estranged wife. In a desperate fight for survival, John will risk everything to save Elena from her fate.
I have to be honest: I have not seen this movie in its entirety. I've only seen the first 20 minutes or so and that was more than enough to discern its quality - or lack thereof. I wanted to like this movie, I really did, but I think it's virtually impossible. After my brief taste of it, I went online to find out what others had thought of it. The critical reviews were almost universally bad, but one internet messageboard user put it best when he said this:
"I think that the actors and actresses were held at gunpoint to make this film - I can't possibly think that they voluntarily decided on this script... Watching this movie was like slitting my wrists while hanging from my toenails... If you are interested in wasting a few hours of your time, I suggest getting into the long line at the Department of Transportation just for kicks before selecting this flick."
Rated R (MPAA)