Action / Drama
Action / Drama
As we follow a mother (Jennifer Connelly) and her son (Cillian Murphy), we delve into a past marred by an accident that tears them apart. She will become a renowned artist and healer, and he will grow into his own as a peculiar falconer who bears the marks of a double absence. In the present, a young journalist (Mélanie Laurent) will bring about an encounter between the two that puts the very meaning of life and art into question, so that we may contemplate the possibility of living life to its fullest, despite the uncertainties littering our paths.
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Wonderful Cast Wasted in a Messy Screenplay
"Aloft" is one of those films that it is impossible to write a
synopsis. The screenplay is so messy that the viewer will probably ask
in the end of the movie what the story is about. There are heartbreak
moments, like for example when Ivan asks his little brother Gully to
jump off the truck that is sinking in a frozen lake. But the story is a
whole is a complete mess. It is also heartbreaking to see Jennifer
Connelly, Mélanie Laurent, Cillian Murphy among others wasted in such a
bad film. My vote is three.
Title (Brazil): "Marcas do Passado" ("Marks from the Past")
Aloft is a bit aloof
The acting is fine, Jennifer Connelly is always good as is Cillian
Murphy and the kid-actors were fine as well.
Visually it's also a nice looking movie, with limited colours that
creates and cold and melancholic feeling which suits the movie just
fine, because it is rather melancholic.
The movie though is just good enough not to be bad, but far from great.
Needless to say Jennifer Connelly's character is very spiritual and
believes in healing, I believe her character is supposed to be Native
American although I am not quite sure about this but a lot of her
spiritual beliefs stem from them if nothing else.
So it helps if you have some sort of interest in that or at least an
open mind because it's not always very up front and direct in it's
approach to tell the story with plenty of metaphors and subtlety more
so than direct big orchestrated dramatic scenes.
The blu-ray version (at least the one I watched could possibly differ
in some countries) is 97 minutes, and not 112 minutes like it says on
From what I've heard the version shown on festivals was indeed 112
minutes but it wasn't received that well so they cut it down to 97
minutes for the blu-ray/DVD market.
And although that caught me off guard initially, I'm not quite sure if
it would be able to sustain my interest for 112 minutes so this could
be one of those times where the cut down version is actually better,
although I of course can't be sure about this.
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What the heck did I just watch?
An hour and a half into the movie and I am still not entirely sure what
is happening. Seriously what the heck am I watching? Terrible movie.
Jumps back and forth between the past and future at unrelated points in
the story. Dialog is boring. Hard to follow what is going on. Character
development is non-existent. The mother discovers she is a mystic
healer. The son keeps and trains and keeps predator birds (falcons
specifically). The execution of the premise is even more weird and
poorly executed than it sounds. This is a really poorly developed story
that never should have been made into a movie. Through its entirety the
viewer is subjected to bad writing (no range in vocabulary) with a plot
that never really happens. The attempt is to masquerade as some deep
art piece. It fails. Film was just a crap indie film or a B-Role movie
intended to go straight to RedBox. And even it that low bar to shoot
for, if the directors hadn't scored Jennifer Connelly in the lead role
it wouldn't have even attracted viewership in that subprime outlet.
This movie totally relies on viewer recognizing the star on the DVD
cover to entice giving the movie a chance. Its not worth the buck you
feed into a Redbox machine to rent it. AVOID and spend the hour and a
half of your like doing something more worthwhile like try watching