February 26th, 2009



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A group of strangers form a unique relationship with each other after surviving a random shooting at a Los Angeles diner.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.8/10 (3,935 voted)

Director: Rowan Woods

Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Forest Whitaker, Guy Pearce

In an ordinary day, a deranged man has a rampage in a diner and randomly shoots the costumers. The survivors of the tragic episode are deeply affected by the shooting and have the most different reactions: the youngster, Anne Hagen, becomes popular at school telling her version of the shooting; her friend Jimmy Jaspersen becomes mute and closes himself to the outer world; the waitress Carla Davenport neglects her baby and has several vulgar relationships with men; Dr. Bruce Laraby loses his self-confidence and tries an experimental treatment to the migraine of his wife; and the compulsive gambler Charlie Archenault believes that he is lucky in the game and gambles all his money but he has a jinx.

Kate Beckinsale - Carla Davenport
Forest Whitaker - Charlie Archenault
Guy Pearce - Dr. Bruce Laraby
Dakota Fanning - Anne Hagen
Jeanne Tripplehorn - Doris Hagen
Embeth Davidtz - Joan Laraby
Troy Garity - Ron Abler
Josh Hutcherson - Jimmy Jaspersen
Jackie Earle Haley - Bob Jaspersen
Robin Weigert - Lydia Jasperson
Jennifer Hudson - Kathy Hammett
Tim Guinee - Aaron Hagen
Marty Maguire - Gunman
Hayley McFarland - Lori Carline
James LeGros - Dr. Dan Howard

Taglines: One moment shattered their lives.

Release Date: 26 February 2009

Filming Locations: Altadena, California, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

Director Rowan Woods was rumored to have said that Dakota Fanning was difficult to work with and to have claimed he ended up cutting many of her scenes. The director released a statement denying these rumors.

[last lines]
Anne Hagen: In the ordinary world we trust in where things belong. Everything has a place, and believing in that makes us innocent. And through the days under the same sky we hope, dream, and laugh. We find and loose our way. Endings are beginnings, and moments like pieces fit together again.

User Review

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Rating: 7/10

I love ensemble dramas. Especially when they have the whole "stranger's lives intertwined" thing going on. However, as much as I enjoyed this film, it is not for everyone.

It is slow and heavy, but I can't find much wrong with it. There were a couple of scenes that were poorly developed or written, maybe. All in all, if you're like me, and you like superbly acted and directed films you will enjoy this.

I won't give too much away because I know many have not had the chance to see this yet; it is a simple story of how random lives are affected and forever changed by a pointless and tragic event.

What I liked is how each individual was affected differently. Each character acted and reacted in a different way, and it is watching these behaviors play out that make up the film.

I felt Kate Beckinsale stood out the most in a subtle role. She is going to win an Oscar someday. Of course Forest Whitaker and Dakota Fanning were good, which at this point goes without saying. (Maybe I should erase that last sentence then.) Jush Hutcherson and Jackie Earl Haley, as father and son also stood out. Troy Garity, as the county mental health worker was my favorite though. Again, a subtle performance and the one character I keep thinking about afterward.

This film won't win awards or break any new ground but I like it. It's a small movie about human behavior and getting through tough times and coming out the other end of the tunnel, with a bit of light breaking through.


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