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  • Actors: Paul Auster, Fred Frith, James O'Reilly
  • Directors: Jennifer Baichwal
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
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  • ASIN: B002NN7EVK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,642 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Act of God

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa65a3ec4) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa65f13cc) out of 5 stars Not worth buying March 5 2010
By Benjamin T. Minard - Published on
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What a terrible load of crap. This was not what the description of the movie promised at all. I was looking forward to hearing experiences of people who had been directly hit by lightning and survived. This was mostly people describing lightning strikes that happened next to them and threw them away from the blast.

There were maybe 2 stories in the whole movie that came close to what I needed.

The rest were sob stories about how lightning had taken this or that relative or friend of the people interviewed.

Which may make me sound insensitive, but this wasn't why I bought the movie.

I also didn't buy the movie so bible thumpers could try to brain wash me. Which is also another thing I was displeased with. >_<
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6599c3c) out of 5 stars You'll Never Think About Lightning Casually, Again! Jan. 26 2010
By David Crumm - Published on
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In an earlier age, we had painters, sculptors, stained-glass artisans and stonemasons who could open our eyes in fresh ways. Today, documentary filmmakers may have the best shot at our ever-shortening attention spans--partly because their films bring us vivid glimpses of honest-to-goodness truth.

In 75 minutes of "Act of God," Jennifer Baichwal invites us to break out of old patterns of thinking as we explore lightning--as well as creativity, chance and coincidence.

I found novelist Paul Auster the most fascinating person in the film. As "Act of God" opens, he explains to us: "It has something of the Divine about it--something just so transcendently scary about it. It opened up a whole realm of speculation that I've continued to live with ever since and I think it's deeply implanted in all the work I've done, all the writing I've done and everything I've thought about ever since."

He's talking about a traumatic experience in his childhood when he witnessed lightning strike--and kill--a boy named Ralph.

Hearing Auster talk about this experience makes one think long and hard about his strange body of work like the metaphysical mystery novels, The New York Trilogy (Green Integer), where "catching a bad guy" isn't really the point of the stories. These books are far more disturbing than typical mysteries because they're really mysteries about the nature of mystery itself.

As "Act of God" unfolds there are several speculative "sub plots"--for example, one in which the filmmaker visits scientists trying to map electrical patterns in the brain. There's a suggestion that, somehow, electrical patterns in our brains mirror lightning patterns and maybe this might relate to our capacity to understand the universe. They key words here are: Speculative. Somehow. Maybe. These forays are Interesting, but not nearly as engaging as listening to people coming to terms with actual lightening strikes.

Auster's life-changing incident took place during a summer camp hike, many years ago. "Everyone was in a fairly buoyant mood," he recalls and the hikers even managed to lose track of their original trail. "If we happened to get lost, what difference would that make? ... Then it began to rain ..."

I don't want to spoil the film by telling too much here, but you hopefully get the point: There are far larger forces at work in our world than most of us appreciate in daily life. Sometimes, it takes a jolt to wake us up.

If you're intrigued by this film, I can also strongly recommend Baichwal's earlier Manufactured Landscapes (US Edition), which is equally awe-inspiring as it takes us to areas of China that I can guarantee you've never seen before.
HASH(0xa66e1f18) out of 5 stars Five Stars July 23 2016
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Interesting movie
HASH(0xa717f510) out of 5 stars Two Stars June 4 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Too many subtitles, to much manufactured drama and some really awful music paired with the narration.
HASH(0xa733ae78) out of 5 stars I don't think so. July 3 2016
By kaycee - Published on
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I don't think this was very good, it was a foreign film, but that is not why, just not very good.

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