Fearless (BD) 1993 [Blu-ray]
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When Max Klein (Jeff Bridges) finds himself facing imminent death as his plane hurls toward the ground, he finds inner calm and release from fear in his acceptance of his own unavoidable end. His panic erased, he helps other passengers to relax, and when he survives the impact, to escape. What follows is his difficult and complex journey back to emotional and spiritual equilibrium. Along the way he helps Carla (Rosie Perez), a woman smashed by the belief that her infant son's death in the accident was the direct result of her inability to hold him tightly enough, and alienates his wife, Laura (Isabella Rossellini), who tries desperately to understand what he's experiencing. Peter Weir's film is emotionally intense in an absolutely unsentimental way (very rare), and the complexity of the protagonist's experience is refreshing (if you don't mind feeling deeply). The handling of the crash sequences is chilling in an unsensational way, and the directing in general is a triumph of story-serving restraint. Not the usual Hollywood fare, but intensely rewarding for those who are tired of mind candy. --James McGrath --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Fearless is less an exploration of grief than it is simply an intense look at the entire world of someone whose life is nearly taken. Rosie Perez receieved an Oscar nomination for her great work as a fellow survivor whom Max befriends, but the movie veers away from melodrama and woe-is-me theatrics even with them, instead showing what comfort we find among those who share our trauma. And Fearless never always seems like it's like the movie it appears to be, proof again of Weir's incredible talent of looking at a theme from another angle (what made Master and Commander an intimate character drama and not a mindless actioner). So much territory is covered in the film, yet it never seems dense, and the catharsis at the end is a payoff like none other.Read more ›
FEARLESS moves at a slow pace, and I found myself getting angry with Bridges for neglecting his family to help Perez. The strawberry ending while definitely effective is also a tad too perfect in how it resolves Bridges' crisis.
But even with its flaws, FEARLESS is an unusual and moving film, heightened by the wonderful performances of its cast.
Peter Weir could have trimmed some scenes here and there to assist with the pace, but the emotional payoff of the final sequence makes the long trip worth your while. "Fearless" conveys the axiom that vulnerability and weakness is the common
thread of all mankind. Separated by invincible courage, Max Klein is dead to his loved ones, and must be brought back to life.
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Fearless will make you weep but most of all it'll make you think. Career performances from Jeff Bridges and Rosie Perez.
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What happens when a man is fearless at the moment of his death? Fearless is the dramatization of the inner conflict created from facing tragic death and living through the... Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by Jason Kantz
So emotionally raw that that watching this movie will exhaust you. Be prepared to live through a plane crash. Peter Weir is a genius.Published on Jan. 30 2004 by Jean
One of the greatest films ever made, hands down.
Delves deeper in philosophy and normal life than ever before. Read more
"Fearless" begins with one of the best opening sequences ever: a dishevelled man steps between rows of corn in a cornfield. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by Rich Stoehr
...see this film for it's haunting score and the film's coda, which, in my opinion, has the most memorable plane crash sequence in film. Absolutely emotionally devastating. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by E. FREYMUTH
Jeff Bridges is one of my favorite actors, and in this movie he gets a more unusual role than most, playing a man beset by survivor guilt after he miraculously survives a plane... Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by magellan
This is an exceptionally poignant drama, with a truly powerful and emotionally moving script and fine performances from the cast. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by Paarko Seitaar