Matt Damon, Casey Affleck
Gus Van Sant
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Date: November 11, 2003
Review posted: July 25, 2004
A pair of best
friends, who have nicknamed each other “Gerry,” set out on a desert
hike. But what begins as a simple daytime adventure turns into an
intense life-and-death struggle that will test their endurance and
Finding Forrester and Elephant, one has to wonder how
Gerry earned its “R” rating. There is no violence or nudity in the
film, and what could be construed as “adult language” is minimal.
There are long stretches in the film where we are just watching two
men walking. There is little dialogue, next to nothing in the way of
story, and yet the film is oddly compelling. Gerry is
minimalist filmmaking taken to the extreme.
film, what we are really watching is life, the awakening that comes
when people are forced into extreme circumstances. Gerry and Gerry
start out for a day on a wilderness hike, but when they veer off the
trail and quickly get lost, they are left with only each other,
keeping themselves entertained with a few vague pop culture
references. They walk on saying little to each other, and the whole
ordeal becomes quickly tiresome. The visual beauty of the film, by far
its strongest asset, cannot make up for what is missing, which is just
about everything else.
is not a bad film, but it feels like an inside joke, something that
just does not click outside the Van Sant/Affleck/Damon sphere. The
three share writing credit on the film, and there are points in the
film where it seems like they were making it up as they went along.
Not that there is anything wrong with that, it is just that the pieces
do not add up to anything.
is presented in the original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio, and the picture
is beautifully crisp. The film is visually gorgeous, and every inch of
the desert landscape looks as good as you would expect in any theater.
The audio is
presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, and the quality is
special feature is the “Salt
Lake Van Sant” documentary.
This behind-the-scenes documentary is decent in that it gives the feel
of actually spending time on the set. The drawback is that spending
time on this set looks pretty boring. We watch them set up a scene
(one that occurs towards the end of the film), no one says much, and
then we fade out. The whole documentary runs a little under fifteen
minutes, and it provides little insight into the making of the film.
is the film to watch
if you want something out of the ordinary, or if you are one of Gus
Van Sant’s more die hard fans. The film is worth seeing for its visual
VERDICT: RENT IT
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