All of the movies I have reviewed this week (The Hunted, The Weight of Water, and White Oleander) have had good casts, but Moonlight Mile beats them out with Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, Holly Hunter and rising star Jake Gyllenhaal.
Gyllenhaal, whom I consider to be one of the more talented young actors working today (though for the time being he only appears to work for the stranger characters), has the lead as a guy who is dealing with the fact that his fiancée was murdered not too long ago. To make matters worse, he is living in her parents' house, and his eye has already latched onto another grieving person (Ellen Pompeo), who has not accepted the fact that her boyfriend was killed in Vietnam.
Moonlight Mile was one of the movies of the 2002 fall season that I was really looking forward to seeing but never was given the chance to do so, and I must say that I was a little disappointed. Its not a bad movie, but it's definitely just ordinary; it's relatively empty. Had this movie not had the cast that it does, would it even have even reached the 400 theaters it was released in?
That being said, it really is the cast that makes the movie. Honestly, the presence of Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon make up for a lot of the pitfalls of the film, and probably made me look over a lot of other flaws.
To be fair, Moonlight Mile does have its moments and dramatic scenes, but it's never overly engaging, and at times somewhat boring. I'll also note that I hated the romantic interest in the movie; Ellen Pompeo's character was irritating to say the least.
Moonlight Mile has its bright moments, but some of the time it's definitely a new moon.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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