My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Hearts In Atlantis

BB

(out of 5)


Pointless adaptation of Stephen King’s novel has as a crotchety old man boarding in the upstairs floor of a house inhabited by an intelligent little boy () and his self-indulgent mother (). The boy finds himself drawn to the gentleman, first because Hopkins pays him to read the newspaper to him and keep an eye out for “low men” (gangsters who want him because of sensitive knowledge he possesses), and then later because he finds the friend he’s been needing for so long a time.  Yelchin’s mother is worried about the healthiness of the situation and keeps an eye cocked in their direction whenever the two are together. What the film is really about is never made clear, and a subplot involving powers of ESP is so minimally treated that it seems like it’s a last-minute throw-in to attract audiences to an otherwise unlikeable film (a lucky card game is the centrepiece of this subplot…grrrrrreat). Director Scott Hicks does even worse here than he did with Snow Falling On Cedars, and has a horribly cheesy cameo as Yelchin all grown up (his last scene is unintentionally hilarious).  Davis is excellent as the odious mom, but the film’s best moments involve the wonderful doing her bit as a bartender with a heart of gold who gives the boy new hope in finding out more information about his late father. She’s not in it enough to really save it, but it’s a pleasure to see her all the same. A helpful hint, you can always spot the “low men” coming before anyone else in the film does because the music tells you.


Castle Rock Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment

USA/Australia, 2001

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 2001

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: