Until last week I had no idea this movie even existed which was produced in 2007 by John August, starring Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis, Melissa McCarthy, and Elle Fanning. The movie is broken into three separate but yet joined together parts. Not since watching “The Sixth Sense” have I been so intrigue or confused about a movie as this one.
The story centers on Ryan Reynolds as he portrays an actor in part one, a writer in part two, and a video game designer in part three. In each story Reynolds interacts with characters from the previous or future parts of the movie and tries to figure out where or what he is. In each story you have a basic good versus evil kind of feel to it and it’s up to Reynolds to make the right choices. I will not reveal the ending as I myself am still trying to comprehend the explanation.
In part one he portrays the typical Hollywood out of control actor on a television show. The story picks up with him going on a wild drug binge and subsequently wrecks his car. He is then sentenced to “house arrest” and provided an assistant to guide him in the recovery. In this part of the movie Reynolds is pulled between doing what’s right with his assistant or going down a different path with his neighbor.
In part two he portrays an up and coming television show writer who is getting his first big break. Again Reynolds is faced with making a decision about his close friend, who is the assistant character from the first part. Towards the end of this part of the movie you can sense that things are not what they seem to be in this reality and Reynolds is beginning to crack.
In part three, to me, the most intriguing part, Reynolds is now a video game programmer, and unbeknownst to him is actually a character he wrote about in his television script from part two. This reality he is walking through now is a little scary and of course the same mix of characters from each previous part reveal are here as well. Then you have a very interesting conclusion that is kind of shocking.
If you have an hour of half and like Ryan Reynolds, not the comedy actor, but a more serious drama based actor, then you will enjoy this movie.
I give it a solid 7.5 out of 10 and would watch it again.
Watch the Trailer….