The Air I Breathe
The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.
A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star (Gellar) falls prey to a crime boss; a doctor must save the love of his life.
very scattered feels unfinished but makes interesting metaphors
"Forest Whitaker was on a building" - me, five years later, recalling everything I remember from this movie.
Nice and easy to swallow sugar syrup. As easy as it is to forget as it is to watch.
Kind of another crime ensemble like Traffic. The best story-line is the one with Fraiser and Geller.
Not completely without merit but I think if you looked up contrived in the dictionary you'd find this film's poster.
I spent years saying that I didn't like Sarah Michelle Gellar as an actress. Now that I've seen her in some movies outside of her tv role as Buffy, I'm realizing that I may not dislike her as an actress....I may just dislike her as Buffy.
Gellar and Brendan Frasier are the highlights of this film, which wants to be clever and Pulp Fiction-y, but doesn't quite succeed. I'm not actually sure that the timeline holds up once the movie is finished, but I'm a sucker for non-linear storytelling, and the movie dragged me in enough that at times I forgot that I was watching a movie structured that way.
And hey, it's Clark Gregg from the Avengers! Let's get this man more work!
The acting was really good. I expected people like Forest Whittaker, Kevin Bacon, Andy Garcia, and Julie Deply to give great performances, but I was surprised to see Sarah Michelle Gellar and Brendan Fraser give such dead on portrayals of such damaged characters. The script felt poetic and I thought it was smart the way the characters connected, except the ending. The "Love" segment fell below expectations from the really exciting previous segments. The last segment also felt too predictable and stuff happens that I feel is to convienent to believe. Nonetheless, I thought this was a unique, thoughtful, passionate and visually stunning film. I'd recommend it because you can "love" it despite it's low budget, feel "sorrow" for each character's pain, find "pleasure" in it's breathtaking visuals and soundtrack, and feel "happiness" after deciding to watch this beautiful gem.
This is one of my favorite films, if not my favorite film of all time.