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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

10 years of Flick Filosopher: false advertising

Sometimes the marketing of a movie is worth discussing, especially when it leads you to believe a movie is going to be something that it turns out not to be. From my review of Proof of Life:

The one-sheet poster for Proof of Life is terrific, maybe even one of the best I’ve ever seen. A man and a woman are running, the world around them a blur. The expressions on their faces are grim, pained — their linked hands unite them in an us-against-the-world collusion. But are they running from something? To something? The image practically itches with danger and romance.

Would that the movie itself did as much. And it might have done, if only messy plotting, contextless direction, superfluous characters, often inept acting, and zero chemistry between its leads didn’t get in the way. It wouldn’t have taken a lot to make Proof of Life the tense, exciting, dynamic, angst-ridden film it should have been, and that makes its failure all the more disappointing.

review of Proof of Life, posted 12.08.00

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