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Flash Movie Review: The Ultimate Life

Opening my mailbox and seeing a greeting card sitting there still gives me a gentle, warm feeling. I know many people send email greetings, but I find cards sent the “old-fashioned” way are more personal. When I find a store that sells greeting cards, I can get lost for an extended period of time as I look through the variety on display. The cheaper priced cards are usually simple and direct, no frills. As the cost rises the cards become more elaborate with glitter, 3D foldouts or some other such things. I have a problem with some of these pricey cards. The greeting card companies think they have to give the consumer more for their money; so, they pour on the cheesy, over the top gushing sentiments. These types of cards make my skin crawl; I do not find them sincere. This dramatic film fell into this category of greeting cards. It was so syrupy that I felt I had been dipped in molasses then covered with powdered sugar. Logan Bartholomew (American Wedding, The Genesis Code) played Jason Stevens, billionaire grandson and heir to his grandfather’s charitable foundation. With family members suing him for control besides handling the daily functions of the organization, Jason never seemed to have time for his girlfriend. It was not until Jason received his grandfather’s journal that he began to understand the gifts his grandfather Red Stevens had bestowed upon him. The story wanted to be a moral tale for one of life’s lessons; however, it was so blatantly heavy-handed, banging it over my head, that I found it nauseating. Told in flashback with over dramatic music we see a teenage Red, played by Austin James (Supernatural Activity), spurred on to make a success of himself due to a news article he read about Andrew Carnegie. The stiff acting continued throughout the movie. Drew Waters (The Hit List, Breaking the Press) took over the task of serving us this cloying story as the adult Red Stevens. Directed by Michael Landon Jr. (The Velveteen Rabbit, The Last Sin Eater), the pacing was at least steady. The best part of this film was seeing James Garner and Lee Meriwether. Not that they added anything to this cliched mess, just seeing them provided me a memory of them playing respectively Jim Rockford and the Catwoman. How ironic that a story involving billionaires was so poorly made.

 

1 2/3 stars

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