He runs into his former college roommate, Alan Johnson Don Cheadle , and the two rekindle their friendship. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. They decide that he should not be committed; instead, Charlie moves to a new apartment, leaving behind the painful memories associated with his former home. He actually made me believe his character. Even though we were across the states when 911 happened, America's heart went out to the fallen and their families.
As unlikely as the pairing may have seemed at the time, Cheadle and Sandler succeeded in giving Binder what he wanted: a comedy, more or less, about a very serious subject. This movie is so haphazard and boring it finally collapses in on itself, which is why it really deserves such a low score. It was a moving story of a guy sandler that lost his family in the 9-11 world trade center attacks. This was the first movie that has made me cry in a long time. I relate to Alan in the movie, I needed a hobby or a friend or something. Which is probably what Angela would have advised if Alan had ever made an appointment.
But the problems don't stop with casting. You have Cheadle, wasted as some heartthrob doctor with confidence issues. It makes my cry everytime I watch it. A disjointed meditation on loss, Mike Binder's film lines up a whole series of victims. Directed by Mike Binder, the film centers on Charlie Finnegan Adam Sandler , a broken man who has lived in despair for the past five years after losing his family in the tragedy.
Although cityscapes, dentists' offices and New York apartments with music rooms and massive videogame setups would seem to present natural opportunities for surround effects, Binder doesn't exploit them. Written by Trivia The video game that and play is 2005. His therapist says he needs to tell the story about his family to someone eventually. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. Her aggressiveness scares Alan and intrigues Charlie, who is mostly lost in an adolescent fixation on her breasts -- at least until she becomes his means to redemption.
I have read many of the reviews about this movie on Amazon and for the people that would downplay the movie as unrealistic and that people don't react like Charlie did, well I say that you have never been around anyone that has suffered the type of loss as his character does in the movie. On the other hand, there are a number of contrivances, forced plot twists and supporting characters that remind us we are indeed in a Hollywood dramady, not real life. Every role seemed so horribly miscast. I think they'll hold up well. Finnegan was once the life of the party and always successful, especially in the eyes of his old college roommate, Alan Johnson Don Cheadle. They have arrived at the same place and, as a result, end up helping each other—to each other's surprise—but the routes are entirely dissimilar. With the approval of the game's Director , it was included in the movie.
It's a game about a man who slays colossi in an attempt to bring a woman back to life. Also, the ways Charlie's illness suddenly manifests can seem a bit 'story convenient'. For a Hollywood film with a big star, this look at a man deeply, profoundly scarred and damaged by loss Charlie; Adam Sandler and the slow rebuilding of his friendship with his dental school roommate who wants to help Alan; Don Cheadle is often refreshingly honest about the complexities of mental illness, and the fact that there is no magic bullet for pain for any of us. This movie is one of my all time favorites, it gigs into the human condition on so many levels. It's impossible now to imagine any other actors in the parts. As hard as Reign Over Me works to complicate Charlie's grief and rage he's alternately twitchy and aggressive, frightening and pathetic , it offers a troubling, reductive contrast in one of Alan's patients, Donna Saffron Burrows.
Legal proceedings commence, Judge David Raines Donald Sutherland must determine whether to Charlie to psychiatric care against his will. As they begin to hang out again, their friendship is renewed and more importantly, their zest for life is restored as both begin to look to the future with hope. Years later, he runs into an old college roommate cheadle that he doesn't even recognize due to the post-dramatic stress ensued by the loss of his family. I have read reviews where people are bashing the film since it is a reminder to people of that day, but quite honestly, Great film. This film does not attempt exploit our feelings on 911, Charlie lost his entire family in a horrific event but the storyline could have been more or less the same no matter the cause of the tragedy. Every single actor in this movie is brilliant, and the writing is honest and natural.
If indeed any segments were shot on film, they were homogenized with the digital photography at the digital intermediate stage. Why this movie isn't on or near the top of everybody's list of favorites is beyond my comprehension. Instead, Donna is driven into hypersexual stalker-spasms she repeatedly offers Alan oral sex in his office. An elaborate third-act development involving a psychiatric evaluation and a court proceeding feels contrived, especially since it depends for its resolution on the intervention of a kind and worldly state court judge played by Donald Sutherland. He is a proven comedic actor and deserving of serious credit for the work that he did here.
Some of the movie seems like an advertisement for a video game, other parts seem thrown together. This movie really explore the mental emotions one go through with the lost of four family member. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. His visits to a therapist are mostly sad, as is his eventual lengthy description of his loss. Director: Writer: Starring: , , , , , » Reign Over Me Blu-ray Review The Trouble with Charlie and Alan Reviewed by , December 9, 2011 Adam Sandler reportedly hesitated to take the role of Charlie Fineman in Reign Over Me, because it scared him.