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Isolated by loneliness, photo developed Sy Parrish spirals headlong into obsession with the private lives of long-time customers, the Yorkins. Through years of developing the Yorkins' snapshots, Sy deludes himself into believing the he is a member of the family that barely knows he exists. He injects his presence into the various family member's lives.
Thriller - Fans of Robin Williams' comedy work will be taken aback by this
dark drama/thriller, which holds the most appeal to adult
moviegoers. The subject matter is too mature and intense for young
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Review Good "And the movie goes from being music-video director Mark
Romanek's slick and simple study in human isolation to being a pulpier, and
Review Very Good "The movie at first seems soundly grounded in everyday
reality, in the routine of a predictable job. When Romanek departs from reality,
he does it subtly, sneakily, so that we believe what we see until he pulls the
Review Good "When Sy finally becomes completely unhinged, the movie loses
some of its chilling potency, going from a psychologically gripping portrait to
a pulpy thriller...''
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Review Very Good "The gradual build-up to the final moments of this smart
and deeply unsettling psychological thriller from ace music video director Mark
Romanek... is so good that the actual climax comes as something of a
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Talk about some mixed opinions. They're all over the place, which I expected. As I stated in my prediction below, this is not a movie for everyone! The story is very strange and very slow and many complained about these two things.
What these opinions tell me is that you need to read all that we offer on this movie before deciding to see it. There's no way I can predict who will enjoy it except to say it's for those of you who enjoy something out of the ordinary in your movies.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
This is certainly not your normal wild and crazy Robin Williams. In this movie he's strange and creepy. He definitely proves his ability to act. I found "One Hour Photo" to be entertaining and certainly unpredictable. But it's also a slow story that will probably only appeal to a select audience. If you enjoy off beat stories that take the time to really let you get to know the character, then this is the movie for you. If you're not an adventurous moviegoer you'll probably want to skip "one Hour Photo."
The casual shopper stocking up at the local Savmart may not pay much
attention to the man at the photo counter. They may, in fact, not even see him.
He is a fixture. Nina Yorkin (Connie Nielsen) notices though. She greets him
with a smile and leaves him with - trusts him
with - the precious moments of her family's
Sy (Robin Williams) has seen the loving embraces Nina shares with her husband
Will (Michael Vartan). He has witnessed every family holiday and vacation. He
has watched their son Jakob (Dylan Smith), aka Jake, grow from infancy into a
nine-year-old boy. Photo development is a responsibility Sy Parrish takes very
seriously. He does not just mechanically thread negatives into a slot and print
pictures. He does his job carefully, meticulously, taking care to see that each
frame properly represents a moment in time.
A person's life, after all, in its simplest terms is nothing more than
moments strung together from the second of birth to that final instant when the
last breath is drawn. If those moments, all so fleeting, should be preserved,
they become memories to be cherished; the more memories, the more important the
life. Sy Parrish treasures these moments more than most people do. Sy cherishes
these moments even more than the people who live them. If anything, or anyone,
should disrupt or interfere with Sy's perception of the picture-perfect
family, a family he feels so very much a part of, then he too feels the
intrusion. Just as he takes responsibility for preserving the perfect moments,
he feels obligated to correct the imperfect ones...