I watched this movie back in 2005, and for some reason forgot that I'd even seen it. Earlier tonight I was cleaning out some DVD sleeves from this old case of burned off movies (most of them more movies that I had completely forgotten about) and I came across this movie again. The only thing I could remember is that this movie had a killer ending that I really liked.
It is now 1:38 am, and I just finished watching this film for the second time and I think I understand why I could barely remember anything about it, it's because it fucked my mind the first time around just like it did this time.
Not to say it's not a good movie, it's decent. I mean, if you're into these types of physiological movies it would certainly be worth checking out. I don't know what to say about it really, it was just OK, nothing more.
So here's the SPOILER SECTION:
Basically Henry is a young man that is involved in a car crash with his family, and everything you see in the movie is a dream like vision he has while he lay dying. While his world goes dark and nerve endings are snapping off in his brain or something. The people watching him die and the people trying to save him on the street end up pulled into this nightmare as characters. Of course, you don't know this until the end of the movie, which makes the movie itself the mindfuck it turned out to be.
Like I said, I don't really know what do say about it. It's been said that if you're an artist or know a lot about art you can appreciate this film more, and well, I am no artist, so maybe I'll never fully understand all the hidden meanings and things like that. For instance, the appearance of twins and triplets in the movie, or the significance of all the different paintings in the film. It's lost on me really. I'm sorry to say.
My main problem with this movie though was the way it made me feel. The nightmarish quality and the way the film is shot made me feel sick. It evoked a depressing feeling in me that I generally don't like my movies to do. A very sad movie all around, there's not much positive going on in it, and you really do feel the character's pain and you certainly feel like you're watching a nightmare. Sign of good movie making I suppose, but I don't know, I didn't like the way it left me feeling.
I've rambled long enough, I'd say check this movie out, but make sure you're in the right mind set for it is all.
-The Dante Half