(out of 5)
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.
Directed by Alejandro Agresti
Cinematography by Alar Kivilo
Music by Rachel Portman
Production Design by Nathan Crowley
Costume Design by Deena Appel
Cast Tags: Aliyah Carr, Christopher Plummer, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams, Dylan Walsh, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Frank Caeti, India Neilan,Jacob D. Dumelle,Jacqueline Williams,Jason Wells, Jennifer Clark, Jenny Kern, Joy Kocay, Keanu Reeves, Kevin M. Brennan, Lori Ann Gerdisch, Lynn Collins, Marissa Newton, Mia Park, Michael Andrew Gorman, Mike Bacarella, Nora Newbrough, Peggy Roeder, Sandra Bullock,Scott Elias, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Tiffini Funches, Willeke van Ammelrooy