Directed and Written by George Nolfi and Starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt
Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller
Matt Damon plays David Norris, a Senate Candidate about to be voted into congress for the state of New York. Norris had once been the youngest Representative ever voted into office, but his immaturity has him kicked out his first day for a bar-fight. He is a man who keeps failing right before the victory and is desperately trying to find his place.
The beginning of the movie takes place on election night where Norris is down by good number of points to his competitor. His defeat is confirmed and he feels awful. Election into office and the people’s respect had been the only factors driving him ever since he was young. He goes into he bathroom to be alone and practice his concession speech. Shockingly, a woman, Played by Emily Blunt, emerges from one of the stalls behind him. They have a long conversation talking about, Norris’ loss, why the heck she was in bathroom, and whether Norris would run again. There is an immediate connection between them. They end up kissing and right, at the height of the moment, Norris’ best friend walks in, surprised
What is the most important element of a romantic movie? I personally believe it is chemistry between the two leads. Damon and Blunt work so well with each other, that the movie is hard to watch when they aren’t together. This is precisely the point of the movie, to understand how badly both of them need and want to be with each other and that they would over come any obstacle to be together.
The movie handles the philosophical themes and science fiction pretty well until the unambiguous and almost silly ending but the movie’s gears still operate very well. The film leaves the viewer thinking about the question of free will or fate, and what their plan in life might be.
a good but not great movie