The Sea of Trees

The Sea of Trees ★★★½

Gus Vant Sant obviously has some sort of haunted fixation with death and I hope he's not suicidal himself. Matthew McConnaughey heads for Japan's suicide hot spot Aokigahara to do the deeds, but gets sidetracked by lost salaryman Ken Watanabe - the men bond as they try to survive the elements, while a series of flashbacks builds the story up to something more spiritual. Part serious drama, part survival adventure, it seems most hated this for the lack of pacing and some of the contrivances, and while it is true that some of what happens is contrived, the denouement reveals why. I would have liked the ending to be a little more ambiguous and open to interpretation, though. As for the slow pacing, it never bothered me. I felt the film always intended to be contemplative, and as it is, I still got a dose of excitement from the survival elements of the plot.

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