|Michael A. Maynez|
"Forces Of Nature"
You will either love it or loathe it! But you cannot deny the tremendous chemistry that Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck bring to this romantic story. It would have help if the story line had been handled with a bit of believe ability, but instead so many of the contrived situations become difficult obstacles and make it almost a collision course for the stars, even though they are ably supported by Maura Tierney, Steve Zahn and Blythe Danner.
Affleck is on his way to Savannah to get marry to Tierney, when his plane is brought down by the forces of nature and of course who should be sitting next to him, Sandra Bullock on a journey to heal her past. But she is so totally out of control as a free spirit, that it is difficult for the uptight Affleck character to really relate to her. Yet the come on from Sandra leads him to so many misadventures which we enjoyed very much, even though we had to suspend our disbelieve at the terrible screenplay by Marc Lawrence. Really his ending left a lot to be desired and his whole series of calculated bits thorough out the story was a bit much.
Bronwen Hughes directed and should have demanded more from the writer. This is a DreamWorks flick and we are still constantly reminded of how new this company is by not demanding more from the people it hires to entertain. There seems to an unfinished business about the whole project. Sandra Bullock finally found a good leading man, but alas, she now needs a good exciting script. Ben Affleck, is very effective and certainly one of the newest leading men to keep a close watch, for sooner or later he will be doing work that will makes us stand up and cheer. The Academy Awards said it best, “We need good stories”. Yes, we do, but this isn’t one of them.
Directed by ---------- Bronwen Hughes
Produced by -------- Susan Arnold, Donna Arkoff Roth, Ian Bryce
Screenplay by ------- Marc Lawrence
Camera ------------- Elliot Davis
Editor -------------- Craig Wood
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sensuality, language and a scene of drug use.