Monday, February 11, 2008


Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Sean Hayes

"When he closed his eyes, his heart was opened"

Cinema 1, Shang Cineplex

The main reason this rather predictable film shines is the credible performances of Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson.

They portray two very contrasting characters who are diagnosed with terminal cancer. Complete strangers who happen to share a room in the hospital where they receive treatment for their ailments. Complete opposites from the get go. They forge an enduring friendship. It takes off after they made a bucket list. A list of items they want to do and or witness before they hmmm kick the bucket, so to speak. I guess it certainly helps that Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) is filthy rich. With his loyal aide/secretary (Sean Hayes) at his beck and call, he can afford to take them to places in his fancy private jet like the Himalayas and the pyramids in Egypt. Go sky diving, experience an African safari among others.

While the movie's main theme focuses on achieving everything on that list. It is the unique and strong friendship which develops between the two patients that adds soul to the film. Their nuggets of wisdom, the narratives of their loves and lives filter out during their trip. They also provide valuable life lessons.

So even though you actually already know how the movie will end, you find yourself drawn to their enthusiasm as they get a second kick out of their lives. It makes you want to actually make your own bucket list and go sail forth unto the realm of unfulfilled dreams and unbridled desires.

2 popcorn buckets:

Em Dy said...

I agree completely. I'm glad I saw this movie.

D@phn3 L@ur@ said...

Yes me too. It was recommended by my parents and I also read your review about it in your blog.


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