Year 2, Day 64 - 3/5/10 - Movie #429
BEFORE: On a similar theme, this film has Robin Williams playing characters in several different time periods.
THE PLOT: One man must learn the meaning of courage across four lifetimes centuries apart.
AFTER: Like last night's film, this movie features stories taking place in different centuries, with little or no explanation of what the connection is, if any. Robin Williams' character is named "Hector" in each segment, but there's no clarification - is this meant to be 5 separate stories, or one long story about an immortal man?
We see Hector as an early caveman type, a slave in the Roman Empire, a man in the Dark Ages who falls in love with a French (?) woman, a Portugese man who survives a shipwreck, and finally as a modern divorced dad taking his kids on a trip to a beach house.
And again, I'm having trouble determining what the point is of this little storytelling exercise. Is there a moral? Some insight gained by juxtaposing events across the centuries? I sure don't see one. Take care of your kids? Don't trust Spaniards? Speak up for yourself?
Also starring John Turturro (last seen by me in "Jungle Fever"), Vincent D'Onofrio, Hector Elizondo (last seen by me in "The Taking of Pelham 123"), and Lorraine Bracco, with cameos from Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, William H. Macy (last seen in "Somewhere in Time"), Lindsay Crouse.
RATING: 3 out of 10 turtle eggs