I’m not a big Costner fan — I’m not one at all, actually. Most of the time his name on a cast list convinces me to see another movie. Any other movie. Still, given that this is an election year, and given that Mr. Costner is typically such a box office draw, and given that the current presidential race is – if the polls are to be believed – every bit as close as it is in the movie, I was curious.
That and the fact that there is a dearth of movies to choose from when you suddenly get the urge to go to the theater at 9pm on a Thursday. Oops.
So the movie – yeah – not the best ever made. Amazingly predictable. Kind of an emotional jerk-around. Flat characters. Unamazing acting (with the noted exception of Madeline Carroll who will be a force to be rekoned with if she stays in the biz).
With the exception of the last 10 minutes or so, most of the movie is enjoyable fluff. The last few scenes manage to break through to the heart of the film, putting a name and a face on all of us as we struggle in our millions of various ways to get from one day to the next, trying to make things better and just barely getting by.
Despite that, I hope that this movie changes the people who see it. There are a lot of people who do not bother to inform themselves, do not bother to take notice of current events, do not bother to vote. I hope that they make their way into a theater seat. I hope that they get the message. I hope that they begin notice things. I hope that they become informed. I hope they discuss. I hope that they vote.
It is important.
Short of that this is just another Costner movie – albeit a better one than many.
KATIE RATING: 5 OF 10
ROTTEN TOMATOES RATING: 38% Rotten!