Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi star in the intriguing yet ultimately dull romantic thriller called Heaven that takes place in Italy. Blanchett plays a woman who has been arrested for killing five innocent people (and failing to get the man she was trying to kill) and Ribisi plays the young officer who, having fallen in love with her without even talking to her, sets her free. They go on the run from the police, and that is that.
Heaven is definitely a unique film. With the impressive visual style of director Tom Tykwer, and the acting presence of Blanchett (an Oscar nominee) and Ribisi (Saving Private Ryan), the movie has a lot of potential. It flows continuously, and through the camera work and quiet performances portrays a deep sense of love and romance unlike any other movie.
Unfortunately, to focus so much on uniqueness apparently has a direct consequence on entertainment value. Heaven, of course, is not meant to be entertaining in the more general use of the term (as many good dramas are not given the description of "entertaining"), but every movie needs to have enough to say and enough happening to keep the audience entertained. Heaven lacks this for the most part.
It is never completely boring, but it is never stimulating either, and in the end is just another movie that will become lost in time. Due to its lack of publicity and lack of any real reason to see it, Heaven will surely be one of those movies that spends its last days in the bargain bin five years from now.
Heaven isn't necessarily a bad film, but when a movie doesn't have anything really interesting to offer, why watch it in the first place?
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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