There's some great stuff in here; in a hideously arty style Affleck, Damon and Van Sant actually tell us a few things about the whole man-vs-man and man-vs-nature debate. But you have to look pretty hard to get it. And you have the feeling you're not getting that much. Basically the film is just a series of gorgeously photographed scenes in the desert (filmed in California, Nevada and Argentina), often so stunningly remote that it takes our breath away. And Van Sant shoots it with long, languorous takes that often go on and on for no apparent reason. We never learn much about who these guys are (there's hardly any dialog), but Affleck and Damon are quite good in the roles, making the quiet desperation palpable and real, in surreal sort of way. Don't be fooled by the three big names involved here, this is art only a die-hard film fan will like. And even then it's pretty hard going.
dir Gus Van Sant|
scr Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, Gus Van Sant
with Casey Affleck, Matt Damon
release US 14.Feb.03; UK 22.Aug.03
Lost in America. Gerry and Gerry (Damon and Affleck, below) are in the middle of nowhere ... in more ways than one.
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