He follows her, they meet, and soon they fall deeply in love. Everything about their relationship seems perfect—until the day she disappears without a trace. Then he catches a quick glimpse of someone he thinks must be her in a bar… but is it?
How profoundly wonderful and poignant is love found again? Anyone who has been in love and lost that special someone can relate to the empty hollowness of loss. Anyone who has had the blessings of rekindling that precious love again knows how fragile love can be and how we must protect it at any cost. No greater gift has God bestowed upon us as human beings than the love between a man and a woman.
This film, although not an Oscar contender, takes us on the journey of young love and with a Romeo and Juliet type of emotion sets us on a course we are not soon to forget. Up to the end it keeps the audience guessing if the hero will get the heroin back again. The conclusion does not disappoint.
It plays with our understanding of love, friendship, betrayal, loss and trust. What makes this story interesting is the sincerity of the actors within the skin of their characters and the sheer inventiveness of the photography.
Two years have passed since Matthew a gentle and a perfectly naive performance by Josh Hartnett lost his one true love Lisa a sweet earthy Diane Kruger. Without any warning or explanation she just vanished from his life leaving him a shell of a person going through the motions of life.
It is not clear how he got from working in a camera shop in Wicker Park to New York businessman, but his match with his new girlfriend Jessica Pare who has a brother with connections in the firm where Matt is now employed gives us a hint. Matt postpones his flight to China without telling the firm or his new girlfriend. Through a maze of incredible coincidences Matt finds a Lisa Rose Byrne as a misguided angel with her own obsession , but not his lost Lisa.
And still he pines for the real Lisa. Matt is torn between doing the right thing and his overpowering compulsion that his Lisa is so close he can smell her perfume. Just when we think we know the plot, the twists start coming in rapid succession. Through lost keys and notes, unanswered messages, missed phone calls and through memories painted on the screen in mesmerizing images, past and present mingle delightfully yet off-centered.
Alex turns out to be the one with the real obsession in the end. I will not go into the details of how we find out where all these characters end up because that would ruin most of the surprise events that bring us to the tense conclusion. The vivid references to sex before marriage and lustful content discussed by these characters paints a far more vivid picture than any profanities ever could—and is ten times more impressionable on young minds.
Parents should be concerned with this sly attempt the film industry has taken to get the PG rating and boost ticket sales. It is no secret that teens spend millions of dollars a year on pleasure, movies being one of the big dollar items. Parents should know that the movie has brief strong language, some explicit sexual references, and non-explicit sexual situations.
Characters drink and one becomes tipsy. The character of Luke was a womanizer and made many off-color references to sex with women. There is 1 F-word, 2 religious profanities, and 14 religious exclamations which are disturbing and unneeded to move the story along. This is an adult film. The context in spirit is all secular. There is not even a hint of the Lord and how He could be the Helper to these poor lost individuals.
For teen girls and boys who are allowed into this film because of the PG rating, this sends such a confused message on real, true love that it remains a major concern to me. How can they know what it is to cultivate a lasting love for their mate through knowing the inner person if the movies they see make it seem natural to jump in bed first and have sex right away?
Where is the safe sex message in the films of today? Total abstinence before marriage, of course, is the only way to staying not only physically healthy, but spiritually healthy as well. There is also the issue of deception and selfishness. Discuss the ultimate hurt and ruin of persons absorbed with selfish desires to the point of domination. The quicker way, although fraught with hurt, may be most tempting.
Satan would like nothing better than to entice us into sin. The younger he grasps us, the better. Go about obtaining your dreams through honesty and patience. Wait upon The Lord and He will be sure to deliver unto you a wealth of what you need. Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell. I initially liked this movie, although the issues I magnified in this review bothered me more after the viewing—when I had time to really think about them.
In conclusion, I stand with Micah 6: To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. The main character Josh Hartnett sees a young lady, falls in love, and has to move. We find this character engaged to another when he stumbles upon his first love. From this standpoint this is not a good movie to see. If you would like to see the cinematography, it is an okay film. If a parent wants to teach a lesson about the detriments of obsession, then this would be a good film to see.
It ended up not being a scary movie—but a very intense movie with a great ending. However, there is a lot of free sex in this movie, so be advised about this. In my opinion I thought this movie was great! Great acting and it kept you guessing until the end.
Fortunately, I was not forced to endure the confusing timeline for long, due to the foul language of one of the characters. M, my husband paused the movie and waited for me to leave the room before finishing up. He concluded that it was not such a good movie after all.