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4.41

Awesome56.1%
Worth A Look: 34.15%
Average: 7.32%
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Total Crap: 2.44%

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Fearless (1994)
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by jules

"Absolutely the most brilliant and moving film ever."
5 stars

Did I mention that this is my favourite film?

I think there are 3 elements that made this film so incredible.
1. The story and the telling of it
2. The ending sequence
3. Jeff Bridges

I've always like Jeff Bridges, he's one of the most underrated actors in the industry. He's the only actor I've seen who can project amazingly strong inner emotion while keeping a completely dead pan face and not uttering a word. Half way through the movie, you start to feel a rising sort of anxiety (more on that later); Bridges character is riding the edge of total despair, exhiliration, fear , and excstacy and he communicates this with the audience by the overtones in his voice, the look in his eyes, his mannerisms; basically his acting in this movie is genius.

Short summary: Bridges plays the survivor of an airplane crash who as the crash becomes imminent is forced to accept his own death. He does, he becomes calm, and is ready, but then the unexpected happens, he survives. He is unable to return to life and becomes obsessively honest (too much so) and cold toward his family. He is drawn to Rosie Perez who is another survivor of the same crash and who is suffering terrible guilt due to the death of her son in the crash.

What I respect the most about this film is that it doesn't insult the audience's intelligence. It doesn't provide explanations or theories, it doesn't make value judgements. You're along for a ride with someone who has experienced a close call with the scariest thing a human being ever has to face, accepting it despite having a rational and non-religious mind, and then dealing with his survival.

Nowhere in this film do we get an obvious look into the minds of the survivors (Rozie Perez, by the way, is also brilliant). All we get is clues which let each of us explore our own fears and uncertaincies while we watch. The plot is so engaging and the characters so real, the whole thing starts to feel very personal. And so you start to feel a rising sort of anxiety.....

And then there's the crash sequence at the end; the finest 10 minutes on celluloid. The unbelievable (but not grotesque) violence of the airplane crash is offset by the quiet and slowly building fugue of Henryk Gorecki's "3rd Symphony", quite possibly the saddest piece of music in existance. The effect is a climax that is astounding, terrifying, intensely moving, and if you've thought holding your breath or chills down your back were cliche...

I cannot recommend this movie enough. Fuck the box office results, this is the most incredible film ever made.

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originally posted: 12/12/98 17:28:52
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User Comments

2/26/11 art BRIDGES was GRAND,but ROSIE PEREZ was NOT CHOPPED LIVER,with her CARLA character! 4 stars
8/22/07 Glenn G This movie still haunts me after 10 years. I will never forget it. 5 stars
5/01/07 Mr wipy i loved how peter used flash backs in the film beautiful 4 stars
1/24/06 Josh Intense, moving. GREAT performances, tho Bridges character IS quite annoying 4 stars
10/01/05 merp This was a 4-star film when I first saw it, but dropped to 3 on a repeat viewing 3 stars
9/07/05 Jill Stimulating and thought-provoking, but not lacking in emotion-stirring moments either. 5 stars
8/26/05 ES No one would know how to deal with that kind of situation, which is why this film was great 4 stars
3/08/05 Mike Keller Terrible 1 stars
12/11/04 Lucas Stensland I always wanted to love this movie, but I just can't. 3 stars
11/22/04 Kurt Without doubt an absolute masterpiece 5 stars
10/16/04 Allen King It is nothing less than Brilliant. A tear wells to the eye just thinking about the film as 5 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby Overlong and unfocused, but it's affecting and Bridges is (again) sensational. 4 stars
9/11/02 Phil M. Aficionado Definitely a keeper. It's few flaws are blown away by imagery,acting,insight, emotions. 4 stars
7/27/02 I Can't Swim WOW! This is a great movie! Jeff & Rosie have unlimited talent/chemistry 5 stars
1/17/02 T M Nunley Jeff Bridges IS under-rated. Check this film out. It has some memorable moments. 4 stars
3/13/01 R.W. Welch Intriguing pretext but somewhat far-fetched. 4 stars
2/19/01 Rony OVERWHELMING 5 stars
5/13/00 Elvisfan Completely amazing and I thank Weir, Jeff & Rosie for showing m 5 stars
12/04/99 Nicholas Heier Moving 5 stars
11/08/99 Max Kline This is one of the best films of the 90s! Brilliant and devastating! Bridges is the king! 5 stars
10/11/99 Eran (erancoo7@hotmail.com) An amazing film,one of the greatest that touched me in the deepest way. 5 stars
6/22/99 Tim Gerchmez Excellent! 5 stars
4/20/99 Renato Doho A masterpiece! Peter Weir and Jeff Bridges teamed up for the work of their lives!!!! 5 stars
1/12/99 Brunetta Cliched up the yinghang! 3 stars
12/29/98 demon_shredder This movie was really something. Excellent all the way. Peter Weir rocks. 5 stars
12/20/98 Johny Better than both PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK and TRUMAN SHOW 5 stars
11/25/98 Mr.Pink The ending gives me goosebumps and Im ean that as a compliment. 5 stars
11/15/98 Barrie The best film I have ever seen. Devistating and powerful. Peter Weir is a GOD. 5 stars
11/14/98 Jules A movie that lets you think. GREAT acting, one of the most intensely human movies I've seen 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Feb-1994 (R)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  02-Jul-1995 (M)


Directed by
  Peter Weir

Written by
  Rafael Yglesias

Cast
  Jeff Bridges
  Isabella Rosellini
  Rosie Perez
  Tom Hulce
  John Turturro



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