Jeff Bridges Film Fest Movie #18
Synopsis: Ordinary guy takes a *cough cough* crash course in metaphysics.
Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “San Francisco architect Max Klein can see clearly now. He knows that life is too precious, time is too short for all the pettiness and anger that clutter our days. He’s been transformed ever since he stared death in the face – and discovered he was unafraid.”
What Did I Learn?: Driving your car at top speed into a brick wall is apparently a fantastic means of curing a bad case of depression.
You Might Like This Movie If: You've always wanted to live your life without a fear of dying.
Really?: 1) Hmmm... I had no idea you could turn a life-threatening allergy to strawberries on and off like a light switch. 2) See: “What Did I Learn?” 3) So, did the stewardess give Carla (Rosie Perez) bad advice about holding her baby? Carla blows up at her during the survivors meeting, and I’m surprised there wasn’t an apology for that later on.
Rating: Bridges delivers one of his best performances in Fearless, a very good film that’s marred by a lacklustre third act (I get the feeling the writer didn’t know how to end the damned movie), and the presence of Perez, whose voice has always irritated me like fingernails on a blackboard. 8/10 stars.