Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Passenger

David Locke: Now I think I'm going to be a waiter in Gibraltar.
The Girl: Too obvious.
David Locke: Maybe a novelist in Cairo.
The Girl: Too romantic.
David Locke: How about a gunrunner?
The Girl: Too unlikely.
David Locke: As a matter of fact, I think I *am* one.
The Girl: Then it depends on which side you're on.
David Locke: Yes

A very low key movie, I like the pace of it, giving plenty of room for thought, while luring you into the plot. Reminded me a little of one of my favourite movies, John and Mary. A movie from the same era about romantic relationship although the circumstances are very different, well the man has a relationship with two female characters in The Passenger and in John and Mary there are two men to one woman. The cinematography was beautiful with plenty of long hand-held shots and interesting angles involving vehicles, made me want to see a 70´s car chase movie. To me this movie is about taking a step out of whatever life you have built around you, an opportunity leading into unforseen adventures. Making your own adventures in fact. Memorable dialogues for me where something like, it is not the places we visit that are the same it is us that give the same meaning to different things, like we use the same codes for analysis of different situations. Which can only be true.

Sometimes this movie was a little bit too slow paced for my liking. What I enjoyed the most about the movie was its cinematography, its beautiful cars and architecture (especially in the part of the movie shot in Barcelona, where the main characters visit some of the houses that the great architect Gaudi has made). I have never been to barcelona, and I had never heard about Gaudi before a few weeks ago, so I found this particular part of the movie especially intriguing. the movie put an extra spark in my longing for travelling.

other than that; I found the characters somewhat not believable. some of their lines were quite quirky, and a bit out of place at times.

I didnt find the plot too exciting either. (had I not read the word thriller on the back my expectations would have been quite different and I wouldnt have demanded so much of the plot) I was a bit restless as we watched it. my computer died from battery half an hour from the end, it was late, and in stead of finding the plug and watching the rest, we went to sleep and then we saw the rest of it this morning together with our breakfast. when we watched the last bit this morning I liked the "world of the movie" much, much better. maybe I was in the wrong mood yesterday, or the movie had grown on me overnight. who knows..

I also though the main characters were very beautiful and hot which is always nice.

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