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Changing Lanes (Bilingual)
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Affleck/Jackson/Collette ~ Changing Lanes
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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.Read more ›
The plot is real world and easy to relate to--two men are facing life-changing appointments and get into an car accident. Affleck plays a rising-star lawyer who is about to make/or lose millions. He has no time for working out the accident details, and leaves Jackson, who plays an insurance salesman who needs to get to his child custody hearing, stranded. What follows is a cycle of emotions, revenge, one-upsmanship, and ultimately, decisions by both characters about how to live life.
The redeeming features of this movie are the realism, relevance, and moral tension that we're invited to engage. The acting is subtle, yet charged. The ending will please most. My one recommendation would have been a faster pacing to bring additional tension to the action side of the plot.
Bottom-line: This is a strong movie, well worth viewing--excellent for discussion.
I find it disappointing that Affleck and Jackson had never, before 'Changing Lanes', been in a movie together. They work so well as enemies that you're never able to chose a side; or pick a favorite. Both characters do things they'd probably never do, but in the cases they're in, they have no choice. And throughout the movie, you'll keep wondering to yourself why he doesn't just give the folder back. But remember, if he did that, there would be no movie.
As far as a supporting cast, there's not much. The appearance by Amanda Peet ('The Whole Nine Yards' and 'Whipped') is good, yet minimal. But to be honest, the film doesn't need much support. It's very strong on its own; Affleck and Jackson really mold the movie into an original piece of work. And defining this movie in a genre is difficult. It's not a comedy, nor is it a true action film. In the end it's just a thriller; and a great one at that. I gave this movie only 4 stars, and not 5, because of its (lack of) supporting cast. As I said, the film is still very strong without it, but it would have been nice to see some more familiar faces.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on March 15 2014 by warmhearted
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 morePublished on July 18 2004 by Victoria
This is a movie with no heroes, no nudity, no CGI and practically no fancy stunts, yet somehow it manages to hold your interest. Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by Amanda Richards
'One Wrong Turn Deserves Another", that's the tagline for the film Changing Lanes (2002), starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by cookieman108
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 morePublished on June 21 2004 by S. M. Anderson
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 morePublished on June 3 2004 by M. Buisman
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 morePublished on May 31 2004 by Michael Butts
Ben Affleck and Smaual L. Jackson plays two average men who become engaged in a real mean war of wills. Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by Vagabond77
The number one (I may be a bit mistaken) B...Sh.. movie of all time. Period.Published on Jan. 17 2004 by Thomas Gardner