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The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - Re­views by AN­THONY THANAsAYAN sur­ro­gates con­fes­sions Of A shopa­holic Ev­ery­body’s Fine

Cast: Bruce Wil­lis, Radha Mitchell and Rosamund Pike Run­ning time: 90 min­utes Cast: Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb and Hugh Dancy Run­ning time: 105 min­utes Cast: Robert De Niro, Drew Bar­ry­more and Kate Beck­in­sale Run­ning time: 100 min­utes n These three Ezy DVDs are dis­trib­uted by Ber­jaya HVN, with each sell­ing at RM24.90. With Ezy DVD, you get to see shows of higher qual­ity of VCDs though you do not get spe­cial fea­tures such as bloop­ers, deleted scenes, plus the com­men­taries by the ac­tors and film­mak­ers.

If all this does not re­ally mat­ter to you, then you are likely to be happy with EZY DVDs. MY first dis­ap­point­ment with this show was that it is not high-oc­tane ac­tion, at least not all the way.

But things do pick up as this sci­ence-fic­tion movie ad­vances to an ex­cel­lent con­clu­sion.

The plot is the trade­mark of many of the un­for­get­table Wil­lis movies I’ve seen.

View­ers are bound to be con­fused at the be­gin­ning, but the film­mak­ers do put things straight as the story pro­gresses.

Wil­lis is an FBI Agent named Tom Greer liv­ing in a gen­er­a­tion when hu­man be­ings are ac­cus­tomed to us­ing ro­bots as sur­ro­gates to live out their per­sonal lives.

The ma­chines, which can be cre­ated to take on any form, are con­trolled by a hu­man at home who re­mains in a spe­cial chair with gadgets at­tached to his head.

Ev­ery­thing ap­pears to be per­fect with a drop in crime rates and users are able to live out their wildest dreams. How­ever, along with such technology comes the un­ex­pected com­plex­ity of so­cial and prac­ti­cal prob­lems.

The ac­tion steps up when a group of ac­tivists aim to bring an end to the ro­bots. THIS is an amus­ing and in­ter­est­ing mix of com­edy with a se­ri­ous mes­sage about shop­ping.

Re­becca Bloom­wood (Fisher) knew as a child that shiny and bright items in a store never last – only the dull and brown things do.

How­ever, she never re­alised the solem­nity of that les­son un­til she grows up and ends up with 12 credit cards as her best friends.

Her ob­ses­sion for shop­ping is so strong that even the man­nequins start speak­ing to her.

For­tu­nately, one thing leads to an­other and she even­tu­ally comes to her senses. Fisher gives a de­light­ful per­for­mance though not enough to leave a last­ing im­pres­sion on au­di­ences. THERE’S a lovely qual­ity about this movie that grabs you from the start. I sim­ply love how re­laxed and easy go­ing it is.

And who more ap­pro­pri­ate than the in­cred­i­bly nat­u­ral ac­tor De Niro who plays Frank Goode, a wid­ower with health prob­lems and four grown up chil­dren.

The story starts off with Mr Re­lax­ation him­self, singer Perry Como and his de­light­ful ren­di­tion of Catch A Fall­ing Star.

In fact there are a lot more great songs from the past that are fea­tured through­out the show.

Goode looks for­ward to see­ing his chil­dren again but is dis­ap­pointed when they call and can­cel at the last minute. He de­cides to make a sur­prise visit to all of them de­spite his doc­tor’s ad­vice that that he shouldn’t be­cause of his lung prob­lems.

The re­sult is an ex­tremely mov­ing film filled with tears and laugh­ter de­liv­ered in the way that only De Niro can.

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