Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA/Australia, 2006. Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment, Sound For Film. Screenplay by David Auburn, based on the motion picture Siworae by Eun-Jeong Kim, Ji-na Yeo. Cinematography by Alar Kivilo. Produced by Doug Davison, Roy Lee. Music by Rachel Portman. Production Design by Nathan Crowley. Costume Design by Deena Appel. Film Editing by Alejandro Brodersohn, Lynzee Klingman.
If you’re like me and you just can’t resist a good Keanu Reeves metaphysical tearjerker, by all means, don’t delay. Sandra Bullock plays a lonely Chicago doctor (which is a step up from the lonely Chicago transit ticket seller she was playing in While You Were Sleeping eleven years ago) who leaves a letter in her mail box for a new tenant after moving out of her lakefront home and into an apartment in the Windy city. Oddly enough, the letter is received by the man who occupied the house before her, prompting a correspondence between the two that crosses the boundaries of time and ends up uniting them in love. Considering they only know each other’s penmanship, isn’t it SO relieving that they both turn out to be hot? The real mystery in this film isn’t the fact that it plays with time, but the fact that it plays with common sense: these two scribble boring notes to each other about their daily lives and somehow fall in love despite the film’s not having a single romantic sentiment in its entire screenplay. A charming premise (adapted from the Korean film Il Mare by Hyun-seung Lee) is wasted on lackluster direction by Alejandro Agresti and a flat performance by Reeves, while Bullock is her usually buoyant self but isn’t given much of a chance to shine. Look for wonderful supporting performances by Willeke van Ammelrooy (Antonia’s Line), The Merchant of Venice‘s Lynn Collins and Shohreh Aghdashloo.