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Changing Lanes (Bilingual) [Import]

Ben Affleck , Samuel L. Jackson , Roger Michell    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Underrated Movies in Years July 5 2007
Format:DVD
South African director Roger Michell directs this hit suspense thriller starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson. Michell is actually very skilled and has a tremendous amount of mainstream appeal. He also directed last years Venus, which was another solid film albeit very different from Changing Lanes. Ben Affleck plays Gavin, a successful Wall Street attorney who must file a power of appointment for his company, which is run by his father-in-law played by Sydney Pollack. The document will sign a company over to his law firm and that company is owned by a dying man. Ethical questions certainly surround the document and as things unfold we find out even more. Doyle is played by Samuel L. Jackson, he is an insurance salesman and a recovering alcoholic who wants badly to restore his family before his wife takes his children away to the west coast. We get the feeling that Doyle is a wounded man and his actions are unacceptable at times. Actually both characters are deeply flawed and that is what makes their collision so engaging.

On his way to court to file this crucial document, Gavin gets into a car accident with Doyle. He doesn't prioritize the accident and instead must leave the scene to make it to court on time. Doyle's car will not drive and he is in the middle of a highway median when Gavin takes off in a rush. It of course begins to rain. Doyle himself was on his way to court and when he eventually gets there he finds out that he is too late. His goal was to surprise his wife with a mortgage loan he just received so his family would stay. He was attempting to get some resolution to whatever chaos he may have caused his family before this movie begins. Unfortunately for Gavin the power of appointment was left at the scene of the accident and is in Doyle's possession.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Many wrongs never make right July 4 2004
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is a movie with no heroes, no nudity, no CGI and practically no fancy stunts, yet somehow it manages to hold your interest.
After feeling genuine hatred for the two lead characters, more so for Banek (Affleck) than Gipson (Jackson), I found that the ending wrapped up too quickly, too conveniently and too smoothly, and while it was reasonably watchable the first time, I probably wouldn't want to see it a second time.
Both Affleck and Jackson play their parts convincingly, and make it almost believable that a fender bender could lead to such chaos. In the real world however, Banek should have wised up to his work situation from the beginning, and Gipson would have certainly fallen off the wagon. Personally, I could never be charitable to a man who purposely sets out to destroy my family's chance for happiness, or lies about my kids safety, which makes the somewhat neat ending leave a bad taste in my mouth.
The bankruptcy story thread was unconvincing. The highly paid professional just accepting his failure with a shrug off is just not realistic. There are other parts of the movie where the lead characters cause significant damage to office property without repercussions, and some of the support actors tenuously cling to the storyline like afterthoughts.
Considering that this movie is about greed, arrogance, despair, revenge, deceit and blackmail, it does very well to maintain a reasonable entertainment value. The "positive message" comes too late to be of significant redeeming value.
Jackson's performance carries the movie as far as it can go.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "You're addicted to chaos." June 24 2004
Format:DVD
'One Wrong Turn Deserves Another", that's the tagline for the film Changing Lanes (2002), starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson, directed by Roger Michell, someone I've never heard of before here, but I found out he also directed the Julia Roberts film Notting Hill (1999), which I have yet to see, mostly because Julia Roberts kinda scares me with those big horse teeth of hers.
As the film begins, we sort of meet two individuals, a fancy schmanzy lawyer named Gavin Banek (Affleck) and a telephone insurance salesman Doyle Gipson (Jackson). The two men, while both on their way to court, Banek involved in a case worth a lot of money to the law firm he's a partner in, and Gipson involved in a custody hearing with his divorced wife, get into a car accident with each other. Gipson wants to handle the situation in the correct manner, but Banek, who caused the accident, has little time to deal with the formalities, tries to deal with the matter expeditiously, pawning off a blank check on Gipson, leaving not only the scene of the accident, but leaving Gipson stranded as his car is totaled. In his haste, Banek accidentally leaves an important document with Gipson, one that could potentially cost his firm over 100 million dollars and even prison time for Banek. As a result of the accident and being stranded by Banek, Gipson misses his appearance, and the court rules against him, allowing for his ex-wife to move away with their two sons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very believable
Usually I have a hard time getting into a movie, but this one kept me in my seat. One could see how this scenario could come about. Read more
Published 6 months ago by warmhearted
1.0 out of 5 stars It is a crime to make movies this bad
Yet another masterpiece that everybody is praising. Starring Ben Affleck(who plays a hotshot lawyer and whose long chin and bad acting always get on my nerves) and Samuel Jackson(... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Victoria
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't drive in New York!!!
20 minutes of lost time causes Doyle Gibson to lose a custody battle with his exwife. The lost time was caused by Banek cutting off Gibson on the FDR (I'm a former NY'er and I've... Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by S. M. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars More good than harm at the end of the day
Changing Lanes is most of all a story about good and bad and how far people will go to improve their own life over the lives of others. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by M. Buisman
4.0 out of 5 stars THE RIGHT THING TO DO
Ben Affleck as Gavin is introduced by giving a eulogized speech on a recently deceased millionaire who has donated money to charities in great amounts. Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by Michael Butts
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle of the wills
Ben Affleck and Smaual L. Jackson plays two average men who become engaged in a real mean war of wills. Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by Vagabond77
3.0 out of 5 stars The Sweet Taste of Revenge
This engaging, clever thriller is in fact a morality tale that shows the importance of tolerance, patience and respect in today`s society. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by gonn1000
1.0 out of 5 stars BS
The number one (I may be a bit mistaken) B...Sh.. movie of all time. Period.
Published on Jan. 17 2004 by Thomas Gardner
1.0 out of 5 stars This computer says I'm broke? NOW IT DOESN'T!!!!
This was one of the worst movies I've ever seen.
Seriously. I saw this in the theatre a few years ago during its initial run. It's just ridiculous. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004 by R. M Swartz
5.0 out of 5 stars A first rate flick
Wow! What a movie. It is a tale of revenge and redemption. Great story, superb editing, and dynamite performances not only by Ben Affleck and Samuel Jackson, but the supporting... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by Robert Wynkoop
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