An overlooked movie even before it was released, "Enduring Love" stars Daniel Craig, who has been rumored to be the next James Bond, Samantha Morton, who has been nominated for an Oscar if memory serves correctly, and Rhys Ifans, who to no surprise can play creepy characters very easily.
Regardless of the fact that I think Craig would be a terrible Bond based on looks alone, he does a terrific job in this interesting little picture about a hot air balloon accident, a failing relationship, and one crazy stalker. For a long while, neither the characters nor the audience know whether Craig is imagining the stalker or not, but he walks the line between understandable paranoia and schizophrenia perfectly. Complimented by a great performance from Ifans and you've got the acting down pat.
What about the bloody rest of the movie? Why, it's pretty good, too. Not great mind you. There are some slow parts, and I was on the phone for twenty minutes in the middle and managed to not miss a beat, but its parallel stories about love, sanity and good old fashioned psychopaths who want to be your homosexual lover are never good to pass up. On top of everything else, "Enduring Love" has some beautiful cinematography. Some scenes are elegant, some scenes are chaotic, but it all looks wonderful even on the small screen (granted I have a 52-inch HDTV).
But a hot air balloon accident? How lame is that? What, does it run into some electrical wires? Well, no, but it works amazingly well nonetheless. You'll just have to see it.
"Enduring Love" isn't for the impatient person, but for those who enjoy slow but well-paced movies with good acting, good directing and stalkers might want to consider heading on over to the rental store this weekend to pick this one up.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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