Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas star in the disturbingly dull Random Hearts, a romantic drama based around tragedy that involves two characters that seem emotionally out-of-whack.
Ford stars as Dutch, a police sergeant whose wife is killed when the airplane she is on crashes. Dutch quickly realizes that she was on the plane with a lover, a lover who he believes is the husband of congresswoman Kay Chandler (Thomas). Their suspicions are confirmed, but Dutch, being the cop that he is, wants to uncover the reasons as to why their spouses cheated on them. In the process, he and Kay fall in love. Somehow.
The only reason given for the romantic interest between Dutch and Kay is the fact that they are both emotionally ravaged at the time. Other than that, the chemistry between the two characters, and the two actors, seems completely driven by the script and nothing more. In other words, there is no chemistry between them, and during the "violent" scene where they first "connect", it is unexplainable as to why they do what they do.
In a romance, lack of chemistry is enough to kill a film, but Random Hearts goes further and throws in some superfluous subplots and other boring things that just make this film unpleasant to watch. Dutch is dealing with some corrupt cops that end up going after him for some stupid reason, and Kay is working on her re-election campaign (thus, an affair would not look good). There is juice to some of these stories, but not much, and if there is, they are played out poorly.
The movie does have its moments, and the first half hour is interesting enough, but it just never is interesting enough to keep anyone fully awake.
Random Hearts is one of Ford's worst movies and, with the exception of 2000's What Lies Beneath, probably marks the beginning of his temporary downfall (he is just too good to end up in the gutter). There, of course, have been worse movies than this, but it still leaves little to be desired.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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