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Imaginary Heroes

 

Rating: R

Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Release Date: June 7, 2005
Review posted: June 21, 2005

 

Reviewed by Dennis Landmann

 

SYNOPSIS

 

The Travis family experiences a stunning tragedy which begins to unravel them. Teenaged son Tim (Emile Hirsch, The Girl Next Door) views his life as a bad dream. His father, Ben (Jeff Daniels - Speed), tunes out and treats his wife and children like strangers. His mother, Sandy (Sigourney Weaver, Alien, The Ice Storm) sharpens her tongue and sarcasm and dulls her senses with pot while struggling hard to conceal a secret that threatens to ruin them all. With elements of pathos, salty humor and self-discovery, the Travises learn to accept one another as family - warts and all.

 

CRITIQUE

 

The main complaint about Imaginary Heroes is the lack of interest in the story and characters. Several good moments appear throughout the film (including the opening and closing ten minutes), but the overall presentation of the story is not very compelling. The characters we have seen before, especially Sigourney Weaver's mother who finds solace in smoking pot and then getting busted for trying to buy some. Her rapport with son Tim plays out kind of nice as both have a mildly interesting relationship. Emile Hirsch's performance is fine but another actor could've livened up the character a bit more. The script by Dan Harris (co-writer of X2: X-Men United) is decent but again the story could've been told better. Harris also directs and it definitely shows this is his first directing gig, although the cinematography and some of the locations are good. Overall, Imaginary Heroes is decent drama material but it could've been much better.

 

THE VIDEO

 

Sony Pictures presents Imaginary Heroes in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a good presentation with a healthy looking print, nice colors and few if any flaws. English closed captions are available, as are French subtitles.

 

THE AUDIO

 

Sony Pictures presents Imaginary Heroes in English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand. The music and few sound effects come across nicely but overall this presentation is only average.

 

THE EXTRAS

 

The commentary by Sigourney Weaver is borderline decent as she has some interesting things to say and shares some observations, but there's also many dry spots. The commentary by director Dan Harris and Emile Hirsch fares a little better as they comment on a lot of different things such as production, acting, specific scenes. Some comments are interesting, some not. Both tracks are only average and I only recommend a listen if you love the film.

 

The handful of deleted scenes with optional commentary are a decent collection of scenes. Some are transitional scenes that wisely got cut.

 

The behind-the-scenes featurette barely lasts for seven minutes. Featured are interviews with the major cast and director Dan Harris. This featurette is promotional in nature and shows some on-set footage.

 

Lastly there is a behind-the-scenes photo gallery and a round of trailers.

 

FINAL THOUGHT

 

Imaginary Heroes may be what you're looking for on a Saturday afternoon, so give it a rent. Those viewers seeking a family drama with a better story and direction should look elsewhere.

 

VERDICT: RENT IT

 

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THE MOVIE

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THE VIDEO

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THE AUDIO

7

THE EXTRAS

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OVERALL

6

 

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