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The Life Before Her Eyes
Review written on: October 1st, 2008

The Life Before Her Eyes Review

At first glance, this seems like it’d be a chick flick. But, since it was rated pretty highly on the Netflix Top 50 streaming list, I decided to give it a go.

I hadn’t heard of the movie, and didn’t know what I was in store for, so it was pretty surprising when I got to the end of the movie and went “wait. what?” To say that the ending has a bit of a twist and surprise would be an understatement. I don’t want to give anything away, but wow.

Since I sort of half-paid attention to it, since I watched it on my lunch break at work, I didn’t really “get” it. So I went online and started reading comments over on IMDb, and wow. It makes a lot more sense now, definitely. I added the Blu-ray to our Netflix queue anyway, to give it a second viewing, and to see what Christine thinks of it.

The movie’s very must like Stay, or The Prestige, in that it leaves a lot of clues throughout the movie, to what the ending is, and that you’re ultimately surprised when you get to the ending.

I need to give it a second viewing, but for what little I paid attention to it, this movie was pretty amazing. Not only in the story that it tells, but also in the way that it’s told, and shown to us. It will be confusing the first time through it, but I’m sure it’ll make more sense the second time around. I certainly will give it a second chance.

Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood play the same character, Diane, only 15 years apart. Evan Rachel Wood plays the younger Diane, while Uma plays the grown up Diane, years later. They both stand out as the stars, as they should, in this film. While the other players are important, none are nearly as important to this story as Uma and Evan are.

This movie was definitely a brain buster, and would probably be as debated as The Prestige‘s ending is, if the movie were more popular. It’s unfortunate that this film passed by so many critic’s radars, I feel it would have done well. I don’t even remember hearing about the movie. And if I did, it was probably really poorly marketed, which wouldn’t be a surprise. If you’ve got Netflix, this is definitely worth getting a copy of. It’s probably pretty cheap on Amazon, as well, so grab yourself a copy, and invite some friends to watch it. I guarantee you’ll be having some form of a debate shortly after the film’s over, as to what really happened at the end.

 

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