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Simone (Widescreen / Fullscreen) [Import]

3.5 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Catherine Keener, Rachel Roberts, Benjamin Salisbury, Winona Ryder
  • Directors: Andrew Niccol
  • Writers: Andrew Niccol
  • Producers: Andrew Niccol, Bradley Cramp, Daniel Lupi, Lynn Harris, Michael De Luca
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Live, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • Release Date: Jan. 21 2003
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00007G1YQ
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Simone

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This movie is slightly ahead of it's time, but is one to watch on a yearly basis to see how close we're getting. The movie scenario is fairly weak in it's character convenience. Pacino as the fledgling director, while his ex-wife is a studio big wig keeping him on as courtesy, and their cute and brainy daughter is hoping they'll reunite. And the Hank character is nearly a direct rip off of Repo Man's car driving mystery man. But it's the development of Simone as this 'perfect gorgeous actress that eludes the tabloids' that is fascinating to watch. And how Pacino's Taransky character taunts the public with her natural existence and good will. Even when Taransky feels she's getting 'too big' and outshining his own film making success, he tries to tarnish her image with drugs and booze and her own degrading and humiliating movie. To which the public adores her openness and daring release. Again, this Simone movie is not too deep, and has the 'golden glow' ending to keep PG audiences happy. On that principle alone, I'd give this 2 or maybe 3 stars because of Pacino. But it's the special effects and Rachael Roberts as Simone that gets the extra star from me. Not that Rachael has any great lines in it. But the mere fact she had to endure a lot of 'imaging' to be this computer generated character, and some of the scenes where she's literally 'in sync' with Pacino is impressive. Taransky's 'control' of her is so simplistic to make the techie geeks in the audience cringe in disbelief. But it's the FX work that comes from the simplistic few key strokes that is visually impressive. So as 'light fare' (take the pun as you will...) it's an enjoyable feel good film without much merit. But on the deeper level of CGI, CNN, and SAC - how do we know now what is and isn't real?Read more ›
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Andrew Niccol, writer of director's Peter Weir's highly entertaining and thought-provoking "The Truman Show" takes the helm by directing what I see as an interesting and recurring theme in his work. In both "Truman" and "Simone," Niccol seems postulate that we accept almost everything in our lives without close examination. He goes further to theorize that sometimes what we tend to believe what we are shown even more that what we see for ourselves even if we take the time for a cursory examination. This perspective is particularly appropriate with regard as to how we are in such awe of celebrities and think that whatever they do is worth reading/talking about.
In my opinion, he's on to something, but although "Simone" begins with an interesting premise, Niccol squanders the opportunity and the end result is neither thought-provoking, sufficiently funny, or ever believable at any level even as satire. Although I generally hate to give anything away about the movies that I review, I will get into the main premise, so if you know nothing about this movie, you may want to skip the rest of the review. The movie starts out with much promise as director Viktor Taransky (played by the always great to watch Al Pacino) is having major issues with his impossible to please leading lady Nicola Anders (played with over the top gusto by Winona Rider). Since Nicola believes that she's not being treated like the star that she is, she walks out of the movie before it is finished due to what will be termed the usual "creative differences," even though it's all about ego.
At this point the movie had me hooked as I started to anticipate a satire/spoof of Hollywood a la "The Player" or the creation of an alternate universe a la "The Truman Show," or even better something that would up the ante on both.
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Humans will worship anything, be it a wooden statue, sports hero or movie star as shown by the excellent and amusing "Simone". This film stars Al Pacino as Viktor Taransky, a washed up movie director who is given a program by an odd man that enables him to create a virtual movie star. As he is fed up with snotty movie stars such as the annoying woman played by Winona Ryder, he soon starts making films using his virtual star Simone (short for simulation one) played by the easy on the eyes Rachel Roberts.
I enjoyed this film for many reasons. It's fun, witty, and realistic and really exposes our society's stupid obsession with stupid movies or rock stars. In this culture of instant celebrates such as those created on awful reality tv shows like "idol" , it's refreshing to see something like this come out of hollywood. As the song says: "there ain't no hope in brad and jen, stop grovelling at their feet. You worship any mortal man who lights up the silver screen."
God is the only one worthy of worship .
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The basic premise of S1m0ne sounds promising. However, as is the case with many movies having one person with too much control (written/directed/produced by same person in this case), someone needed to say "hey, wait a minute. What about...?"
What about computer technology? Using a 5.25 floppy in the movie is bad enough. Having a computer-illiterate movie director suddenly have instantaneous knowledge (and a dedicated keyboard) of a rather complex software package on a run-of-the -mill PC was a major stumbling block.
What about driving a car in the reclined position (with a mannequin in the driver seat)? The less said about that, the better.
What about having a teenage girl as the hero? (Well, technically, she was 12, but it's about the same thing). Never having any exposure to Dad's afore-mentioned-mediocre PC-with- fantastic-software, she is quite the hero on it.
With these three major blunders out of the way, the rest of the movie had unrewarded promise and yet, it was still mildly entertaining. I liked Winona Ryder for some reason. I would suggest renting rather than buying.
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