These guys get lost by wandering into 10 foot tall brush at a rest stop. They are in a small valley with a highway running through it.As they walk the terrain changes remarkably. For the life of me I can't see why they didn't crisscross the valley to find the highway. Any kind of methodical pattern would have taken them back to the car.This level of cluelessness could possibly be accepted as a reasonable plot device by people who can only navigate by street signs. But, I live in the country. For me it's fundamentally unrealistic. Since the entire premise of the movie crumbles under examination, I can only express my disappointment that Casey Affleck and Matt Damon were involved in this production.
As said by others before me, this film is not designed for those with a poor attention span. However, you don't need to have an incredible attention span either, you just need to have an appreciation for films of suspense with a slow pace.As movies about being lost go, this one is pretty tense. It examines the interactions between good friends as the severity of a situation slowly dawns on them; they are lost in a very big, very harsh place. Although the two friends (both called Gerry) have very little dialogue – despite being almost the entire cast – the strong friendship is conveyed through their natural rapport with each other, their ability to build conversations on even the smallest detail, and in-jokes. An example of a said in-joke is to 'Gerry' something. This is their own slang term for screwing something up. The strong friendship between the two is shown to both help and hinder them. Although the two friends comfort each other in the latter part of the film, th…
Matt Damon and Casey Affleck star as two nameless hikers, aimlessly (and inexplicably) wandering the desert, occasionally exchanging banal, everyday banter and, eventually, getting hopelessly lost. These events unfold in near real time, with director Gus Van Sant refusing to allow either actor much of a closeup, giving the proceedings a clearly existential vibe. It all results in a poetic and, ultimately, satisfying filmgoing experience, much in the tradition of Beckett play or a Chantal Akerman film, less a conventional narrative than a transcendental treatise on man vs. nature. The stark cinematography by Harris Savides is absolutely stunning, as the Death Valley desert becomes as integral a character as either Damon or Affleck. It may be a demanding film, but it wouldn't be nearly as hypnotic and rewarding if it wasn't.
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