HOUSE (WIDESCREEN EDITION) (2006)
The Lake House (Widescreen Edition) (2006)
Actors: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Christopher
Plummer, Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Directors: Alejandro Agresti
Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled,
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
- Available Subtitles:
English, Spanish, French
- Available Audio
Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish
(Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Additional scenes and
- Theatrical trailer
- even in
the hands of the best writers -
are riddled with plot paradoxes and logic problems.
Most time travel stories
Lake House is alas
It boasts an
original concept though: upon moving into a new house a frustrated architect
(Keanu Reeves) receives a letter from a lonely doctor (Sandra Bullock) in
his mailbox that is somehow from two years into the future.
This leads to a
correspondence in which the two fall in love without ever having met, a bit
like those women who write to prison inmates. However, when Reeves fails to
make a real appointment with Bullock, it becomes apparent that something bad
may have happened to him and that Bullock's character might be able to save
his life . . .
The biggest problem with
Lake House is that despite its rather unique premise (come on, how many
time-traveling postbox movies do you know of?) the viewer can safely
predict within the first fifteen minutes or so how it is going to end, even
though as the movie drags on it becomes apparent it has a huge gaping plot
hole that simply sinks the entire thing (hint: it involves Sandra Bullock's
character not being too particularly good with faces and not even
recognizing her one true love even while battling to save his life).
Actually there are loads of
smaller plot issues as well, but the biggest problem is that the film is
simply too slow and that both Reeves and Bullock give almost somnambulant
performances. Forget the far-fetched premise
the biggest mystery is why, if you can communicate with someone from the
future, you never ask that person for winning lotto numbers?!
THE DISCS: Not much
in the line of extras: some deleted scenes, one gag reel and the theatrical
trailer. An audio commentary would have been nice, especially one in which
the writers discuss the film's internal logic and time travel plot
pratfalls. Some info on the house ?
made of glass supported on stilts on a lake
would have been nice. Is it a prop? Real? Who lives there? When was it
designed? And so forth.
WORTH IT? Perhaps a
rental if your girlfriend feels like a love story and everything good