An original thrillerBy Yahoo! Movie User on Fri, Apr 4, 2008 7:49 PM EDT
It’s not very often that a thriller comes along that’s well-acted, subtly written, and brilliantly shot. This film satisfies in all areas. It’s not perfect in all areas, but it satisfies. As far as the story goes, it’s very original. How often does a movie center around a hot air balloon accident? The premise is so original that it brings the thriller to a different level that others of the same genre. The characters are written so humanly, that it’s easy to understand why the do what they do in this confusing circumstance. That brings us to the acting. Daniel Craig and Samantha Morton are nearly perfect in their roles. This is my first Daniel Craig movie, but I’ve long been a Samantha Morton fan. What’s interesting about this role for her is that she’s playing a normal person. Her exotic look lends itself easily to playing the quirkier roles, but it’s nice to see her playing the everyday girlfriend. Ryns Ifans is nothing special in this difficult role. The movie inevitably falls into the same formula as “Fatal Attraction” and other similar movies, but this has a different artistic feeling to it. Besides the brilliant camera work throughout, the steady rise of intensity is unlike other thrillers. The opening scenes camera work is particularly incredible, so great in fact, that you wonder if the rest of the movie could even compare. It does, barely. Sprinkled with too many montages, and one too many crazy scenes, it barely makes it. In the end, it’s all worth it, even though the best scene is the first.