Friday, September 14, 2007

The Walker

I have mixed feelings about this one, but in the end I can't recommend it.

It's fun to watch and the dialogue is good, but I just don't buy the entire premise ... or Woody Harrelson as a gay man who escorts rich Washington women to events in the city.

And then there is the murder story that is supposed to be a thriller. In the end nobody really cares, including the characters to whom it is happening.

None of the relationships are fully developed. Does her husband love her or doesn't he? Does she love her husband or doesn't she? Does he love his lover or doesn't he? Does his lover love him or doesn't he? The answer to all these questions is, "Who cares?" The actors aren't letting us know and so everyone is on his or her own ... including the audience.

If you read the TIFF description linked below it says: At night, Page goes home to his (discreetly discussed) lover, a photographer named Emek (Moritz Bleibtreu) to cattily regale him with the day’s activities.

Huh? Either this scene didn't make the final cut, or I fell asleep and didn't notice.

Watch it on DVD.

Director: Paul Schrader
Country: USA/United Kingdom
Year: 2007
Runtime: 107 minutes
Principal Cast: Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Lily Tomlin, Ned Beatty, Willem Dafoe, Moritz Bleibtreu, Mary Beth Hurt