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  • 18
  • Marc Forster (2005)
  • US
  • 94 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Distraught student Ryan Gosling announces to psychiatrist Ewan McGregor that he plans to commit suicide in this variation on The Sixth Sense but for the David Lynch mob. In a desperate attempt to stop Gosling, McGregor goes on a nightmarish journey through a surreal version of Manhattan, until the "truth" of what we're really seeing is revealed. Tricksy, arty and pretentious - often all at once - it's hard to become sufficiently intrigued by the characters or situations to care about what's going on in the confusion of blurred identities, repetitive motifs, netherworld locations and metaphoric hallucinations. While director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland) deserves credit for painstakingly creating an alternate universe that exists solely in a world of delusions, it's an experiment that just refuses to work. The consistent toying with obvious perceptions of reality annoys then eventually bores, although some of the space-warping transitions and morphing special effects are truly terrific.

Plot Summary

Psychological thriller starring Ewan McGregor, Ryan Gosling and Naomi Watts. Disturbed student Henry Letham announces to his new psychiatrist Sam Foster that he plans to commit suicide on his birthday in three days time. But as the deadline looms, the two men's lives are revealed to be linked in unexpected ways.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sam Foster
Ewan McGregor
Lila
Naomi Watts
Henry Letham
Ryan Gosling
Dr Beth Levy
Janeane Garofalo
Dr Ren
B D Wong
Dr Leon Patterson
Bob Hoskins
Mrs Letham
Kate Burton
Sheriff Kennelly / Security officer
Michael Gaston
Business man
Mark Margolis
Athena
Elizabeth Reaser

Crew

Director
Marc Forster

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Available on DVD
Released 3 Mar 2006
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama