Seven (or six - depending on the version) short stories of conquest, desperation and the will to overcome.
|Release Date||:||November 12, 2004|
|Director||:||Illeana Douglas, Deborra-Lee Furness, William Garcia, Paul Holmes, Mark Palansky, Col Spector, Toa Stappard, Andrew Upton|
|Casts||:||Josh Hartnett, Jason Acuña, Jacqui Maxwell, Hugh Jackman, Michael Gambon, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Andy Serkis, Joanna Lumley, William Ash, Sophie Dahl, Nicholas Audsley, Maureen Lipman, Lyndsey Marshal, Imogen Stubbs, Cate Blanchett, Lynette Curran, Keira Knightley, Philip Herbert, Stephen Mangan, Naomi Allisstone, Amit Lahav, Valerie Farr, Bohdan Poraj, Elizabeth Chadwick, Paul Bettany, Charlie Condou, Tilly Blackwood, Louise Delamere, Nabil Elouahabi, James Gandolfini, Kathrine Narducci, Ned Eisenberg, Delilah Cotto, Daryl Hannah, Jeff Goldblum, Sarah Silverman, Illeana Douglas, Michael Panes, Billy Boyd, Eliza Langland, Carmen Pierquaccini|
The acting and directing were great, but most of the stories themselves were boring, uncomfortable, and pointless (a bad combination). I think I wouldn't have been disappointed with the film if the synopsis on the DVD, instead of saying "hard hitting" would say "attempts to be hard hitting".
The exceptions were "A Whole New Day" (Gandolfini), and "New Year's Day" (Knightley) which were both entertaining. A gave "New Year's Day" a 7 below because it was the only one that made me laugh. Since these are separate stories I'll rank them independently.
6 for "A Whole New Day"; 4 for "Euston Road"; 7 for "New Year's Eve"; 5 for "Standing Room Only"; 5.5 for "Bangers"; it is very boring and uncomfortable but gave me some insight; 4 for "Sniper 470"