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Marc Forster (2005)

94min
18 Certificate
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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.

Summary

A dedicated psychiatrist struggles to keep his grip on reality when he embarks on a nightmarish chase through the streets of New York to find an emotionally disturbed student, who has confided in him his single-minded determination to commit suicide. Marc Foster's psychological thriller, starring Ewan McGregor, Ryan Gosling, Naomi Watts and Janeane Garofalo.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Marc Forster
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Other Information

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

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