Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Look Both Ways - Initial Viewing Response

The film “Look Both Ways” did not appeal to me in the way the movie was presented. Although I thought the storyline was okay, I didn’t like the random cartoons through the movie, as well as the montages. The plot of the story is set around the lives of a small group of main characters, over one weekend.

Following a big train crash, and many deaths, Nick finds out he has cancer and struggles to come to terms with it, after his dad’s death, also from cancer. Nick’s work colleague, Andy, discovers his ex-girlfriend, Anna, is pregnant. Meryl witnesses a man being hit by a train, and ultimately killed. All of these characters become connected through this accident. Over the course of the three days, the story shows the decisions they make regarding these issues.

The film is Australian. Set in Adelaide, the landscape was dry and hot, a typical Australian area in summer. All actors in ‘Look Both Ways’ are Australian, and are off older TV shows, like ‘Playschool’, ‘Round the Twist’, and ‘Sea Change’. The soundtrack is typically Australian, I don’t know the names of the songs, but they sound familiar. I think that this movie is appropriate for a contemporary Australian audience, as it has appropriate Aussie humour, and is a lighthearted film.

By Steph

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