Reign Over Me (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Apr 17 2007

Upon noticing the words ‘Adam Sandler’ and ‘9/11’ occupying the same sentence, you’d half expect some sort of coronary arrest to ensue. Yet the tender, meditative opening scenes of ‘Reign Over Me’ neatly dispel any mental imagery that may have formed involving a gurning Sandler spraying silly string at a group of irate Muslims. As Paul Thomas Anderson did with ‘Punch-Drunk Love’, director Mike Binder has twigged on to the fact that if you root Sandler’s genially churlish moron act into a more sober foundation, a vulnerable, believable and even lovable character can begin to emerge.

Here he plays Charlie Fineman, a one-time dentist and dead ringer for ’60s-era Dylan (Todd Haynes will be kicking himself) who, having lost his wife and daughters during the 2001 attacks, now lives alone with the support of government compensation and has taken to meandering the streets on a motorised scooter cocooned in a bleating soundtrack of ’70s radio rock (Springsteen, The Who, The Pretenders). It’s only when Charlie bumps into ex-college roommate Alan (Don Cheadle) that he spies a potential playmate who won’t force him to face up to his past.

With its impressive central performance, this is undoubtedly Sandler’s film, yet by the final act you begin to wish that his electric presence was served with something a little more offbeat than the obligatory ‘is he insane?’ courtroom showdown appended by a series of textbook cathartic monologues. Still, even though ‘Reign Over Me’ acknowledges the legacy of 9/11, it thankfully never gets bogged down in emotive eulogising or political finger-pointing, focusing tightly on Charlie’s tragicomic emotional evolution.
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15

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Fri Apr 20, 2007

Duration:

124 mins

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Katherine Herrick

Very touching that has such genuine, realistic moments humor, it's almost 'too close' a film. Saying 'too' because it can be painful switching from grief to merriment like real life. This is an unexpected little movie in that I didn't believe I would be as fixated and fascinated but merely attempting to witness something I couldn't relate to. That is, after all, escapism. Right ? But I care about these people, especially the dentist who has such a good heart and selfless compulsion to put someone other than himself first. I guess I don't like 'Charlie' very much at all in fact, and I don't think we're supposed to it even relate to him. But he's a character that we can recognize and with whom we can experience all-consuming pain. But the dentist friend, Dr Johnson, now he's a stunning man--wonderful acting all around.

Chastity Smith

Absolutely excellent movie. Sandler was brilliant as was Cheadle. I now know (even after seeing Punch Drunk Love) that Adam Sandler will shine at any character he does. Sandler (and Cheadle) are 2 of my top 5 actors and Reign Over Me, one of my favorite movies. Wrote with great taste and compassion. Gives you an insight into the overwhelming heartbreak of the families of 9/11 without being political. BRAVO!! A+++

Chastity Smith

Absolutely excellent movie. Sandler was brilliant as was Cheadle. I now know (even after seeing Punch Drunk Love) that Adam Sandler will shine at any character he does. Sandler (and Cheadle) are 2 of my top 5 actors and Reign Over Me, one of my favorite movies. Wrote with great taste and compassion. Gives you an insight into the overwhelming heartbreak of the families of 9/11 without being political. BRAVO!! A+++

Jemma

Depressing, and not much to it, if you are expecting there to be an uplifting ending then you would be wrong. Adam Sandler as always is a good actor but the film is not good, not worth watching.

John

Liked this movie a lot, didn't have the usual American gloss throughout, nor ending and the moments of comic interjection help shape the characters creating an enjoyable movie. Sandler's character is left hanging at the end in such an ambiguous way, we don't know where he will go and we have such a sense of his venerability and feel there's such a long way to go for his recovery. Definitely not a feel good end, but neither a feeling that all is lost, simply that two people are trying to move forward and have some way to go. There are lots of contradictory reviews about this movie - too sombre / too much humour - I'd say there's a good balance, defintely worth a watch.

John

Liked this movie a lot, didn't have the usual American gloss throughout, nor ending and the moments of comic interjection help shape the characters creating an enjoyable movie. Sandler's character is left hanging at the end in such an ambiguous way, we don't know where he will go and we have such a sense of his venerability and feel there's such a long way to go for his recovery. Definitely not a feel good end, but neither a feeling that all is lost, simply that two people are trying to move forward and have some way to go. There are lots of contradictory reviews about this movie - too sombre / too much humour - I'd say there's a good balance, defintely worth a watch.