Flash Movie Review: Meadowland

The absence of a reason or answer could fester in the heart and cause an abscess. Sadly I have had experience in this area. We had been dating for several months and it was somewhat startling to me how well everything was flowing between us. The times I spent at their studio apartment were almost magical because it never felt like we needed our own space throughout our times together for entire weekends. It was as if the walls of the apartment faded back into muted curtains of gauze, allowing us to nest into a secret protected area away from the hubbub of the world outside that was whining against the floor to ceiling windows. Then one day everything came crashing down. I was at home when I received their phone call; we had plans to get together later in the evening. They apologized and told me they could not do this anymore. When I asked what they meant, all they said was they could no longer be in this relationship and they hung up. I wondered if there was something I did as I poured over all of the memories I had stored from the two of us, searching for some type of answer. I did reach out to them to try and get an explanation but all of my attempts went unanswered. This was traumatic for me and so that is why I feel the way I do; the hurt will linger as long as there is no conclusion. Another example of the added pain to unanswered questions can be found in this dramatic film.    AFTER a tragic, life altering occurrence Sarah and Phil, played by Olivia Wilde (Drinking Buddies, In Time) and Luke Wilson (Legally Blonde franchise, Old School), spiral out of control unable to help each other during their crisis. This film festival nominee had some intense moments, thanks to Olivia and Luke. I felt it was one of Olivia’s best performances to date. With Giovanni Ribisi (Ted franchise, Saving Private Ryan) as Tim and Ty Simpkins (Insidious franchise, Jurassic World) as Adam, the story was not easy to watch in some parts due to the heavy subject matter. The whole cast contributed to making this a believable film for me. Another thing I liked about this picture was the way they kept the dialog down to a minimum in several scenes. I felt it made them more powerful in conveying the emotions. Now there were a few scenes where I found the actions taking place were somewhat odd, wondering if it was created for added effect. I do want to add that some viewers may feel uncomfortable; not for any physical altercations per se, but for the authentic portrayal of a family in despair.

 

3 stars

 

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 30, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Sympathy galore for your personal story you shared. It’s happened too many times to me.

  2. I can relate about how you felt. Those unanswered questions!! I used to say I felt like a widow, I couldn’t believe someone could just disappear, specially after all that had happened that gave me the impression of true lasting love. 🙂

  3. Really appreciate that last line in your review, MJ – I do like to know how a movie is going to make me feel and not just the storyline. I’m always on the lookout for movies that are uplifting, but not in the religious sense. Just flicks that make you feel good about life, you know? Also, when people leave like that, it’s almost always something they’re going through and not anything you did. If they had stayed, you could’ve expected more of that kind of angst in your life together. And I think you prefer your drama up on the screen, not in real life! 🙂

    • I really appreciate your comments, thank you so much. You are right, more than ever I prefer my drama on the big screen these days. Once again thank you for stopping by to leave your comments and for your support.

  4. Sounds like the type of drama I would thoroughly enjoy. I must add it to my list of films to see.

  5. Sounds heart-wrenching. Good review though.

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