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Proof Of Life
Chinmayi Sirsi / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.5
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
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Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
Hollywood has certain pet bets: romance, hostage dramas, assassins, big monsters and then some more romance... And we are not complaining. Most of us are content, though not excessively happy, with the few formulae being twisted and mixed to give us an illusion of novelty. But happy we are not when a seemingly interesting plot with unbelievable casting and not exactly limited resources fails to deliver the goods.

Peter Bowman (David Morse) and his wife Alice (Meg Ryan) are in Telacca, some godforsaken Latin-American land rocked by cocaine and communism - and terrorists. After a nasty argument with Alice, Peter leaves for work the next morning, only to be kidnapped for ransom by a terrorist group called the ELT. Enter Terry Thorne (Russell Crowe), a seasoned hostage negotiator who knows exactly what he is doing, and is naturally the only one Alice can trust.

Weeks and even months go by without Peter, with Terry making mammoth efforts to negotiate with the kidnappers, demanding that they provide him with convincing "proof of life." Meanwhile, Peter, who is made to walk for weeks in the marshy hills, seems to lose strength and hope with every passing day. And somewhere along the not-so-straight line, Terry falls in love with Alice.

How and why they do not say, probably because they strongly believe that love hath (or needeth) no reason. But even the most predictable of movies tell the tale better, peppering it with tit-bit gestures and conversations that convince the audience that Something Is Amiss. Proof Of Life does very little of that. It does seem as if the director is stuck between the romance and the action, and in choosing the action so decisively, he fails to give the romantic angle its due. And I mean, come on, its Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe, for God's sake.

The thread of continuity in the movie is missing, and the camera moves from Peter to Alice, from the hills to the city, in a highly confused and zigzag manner. We do realize that the movement must have been intentional. But the confusion kills the best of intentions.

Proof Of Life, at its worst, is a fragmented movie. Whispered dialogues that are barely understandable accentuate this feeling. At its best, it offers some brilliant scenes between the cast and really breath-taking cinematography. At the end of it all, you are left with an uncomfortable feeling of incompleteness and mild regret for all that wasted potential.
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Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
Jaydev Kumar on 14th May 2001, 9:43am | Permalink
Your reviewer (CS) is amazing. I wonder what his full name is. Coming stragith to the point, and having no holds about calling a spade a spade. I wish to congratulate him once again on excellent style of writing, and great film appreciation ability, besides a critical eye.
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Ray on 12th May 2001, 12:31pm | Permalink
proof of life is a reflection of life.in the movie russel crowe and married meg ryan fall in love. so did they in their real lives. forget about the break up for a moment and also the review...isn't it a twist of fate? as for the review i agree with u CS..
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Govind on 9th May 2001, 9:59am | Permalink
I am amazed that fullhyderabad rated this rather inane movie 3.5 stars. If you had seen the preview for this movie you have seen it all. The movie takes off on a fine note with some breathtaking visuals set in South America but quickly loses direction. It is all downhill from there.
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4
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