Sunday, May 18, 2008
Things We Lost in the Fire
A word of warning to the screenwriter of Things We Lost in the Fire: It's ill-advised to make Lifetime movies the butt of a joke in a film that should've only ever run on that cable station.
I only paid $3.99 to see this high-production value pile of cliché as an iTunes rental, so I don't have too much to complain about, but it's a wonder to me that scripts this weak get produced with such big names attached.
The theme line of the movie is "Always find the good." So let me try. OK, OK. Benecio Del Toro is always fun to watch. That hang-dog handsomeness of his gets me every time. But even he couldn't make me sit through the full run time of a wincingly hackneyed story of a veritable earth angel saving a hopeless (or is he?!) junkie. And, maybe, just maybe, he'll teach her a little something along the way? *Sniff*
Halle Berry did a OK job, too, but it's hard to believe that this is the same chick who gave that knife-to-the-skin performance in Monster's Ball. And I'm so tired of David Duchovny's anhedonic acting style. I knew his character died early in the film, so was hoping that would help make the story more palatable. But darn it if constant flashbacks didn't give him more screen time to smugly drone on and on and on.
Hey. That gives me an idea. David Drone-chovny. I like.