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The Hours (2002)
When this movie came out, I was rather little, so I had to pass it. This year I finally drew courage to read Cunningham's novel from which this movie was adapted. It is complex and relies on inner worlds and thoughts of three women. The movie has some very good points in bringing the novel to life, especially editing of different time periods, since it was not that easy to see exact parallels in the novel if they happen fifteen pages or more apart. I was seriously impressed by the acting of Nicole Kidman. I haven't seen her much, but I think this is her best role from what I've seen. I did not gave 10 stars because I doubt I would've understood those women's torment if I hadn't read the novel, because it is rather difficult to decode feelings and consciousness when there is not much to work with. The cast worked brilliantly, but there was still something missing, the edge, I suppose.
The Debt (2010)
Heartfelt acting and great cinematography
I read a couple reviews to this film posted here and decided to write one of my own since they were all very controversial. I watched this because spy thriller plus Helen Mirren usually equals something wonderful. I particularly liked the organic acting of both the younger and older character versions. Yes, they are different. Yes, they do not look exactly similar. But who cares, if the actors deliver the message brilliantly. There were mentioning about the change of film dynamics between the parts that depict the past and the present. I think, it is normal, since the characters are not young anymore, they try to live a normal life at a slower pace, the priorities are different. I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that all Russian stuff was correct, the text and the sets looked very much like they were at that time. For some reason, those things are usually screwed up in Hollywood. To add to that, as far as I am concerned (I don't have any exact knowledge on the matter), the Berlin set was wonderful. It is amazing how old aluminum pots and dripping ceiling can add to the atmosphere. While watching this film, I didn't even look at the time since it was full of suspense enhanced by great soundtrack and camera work.
The most crazily twisted plot ever!
I stopped watching this series half way because I just couldn't live through the emotional strain it was getting on me. I've watched all kinds of TV series, but this one tops them all because I've never seen such plot twists because it is not linear at all.
The characters come together and part, die and come back to life and then die again, and at some point my head started turning with the plot, because nothing could be anticipated. And that was fabulous!
The acting is phenomenal! Considering that the actors had to play several alter egos of themselves. Standing ovation to John Noble, because the depths of his character are immeasurable.
The series explores the topics of the possible threat of science development for humanity, but the main angle is the parents' love for their children. I've never seen father-son relationship presented like this before, because even if the circumstance seem to be a bit over the top at times, the depicted feelings are real.
It is astounding what parents can do for their children. Destroy a couple of universes, for example. And multiple times at that.