There are better films and there are worse films.Ben (Ben Affleck) is headed to Savannah for his marriage to Bridget (Maura Tierney). Already a nervous flier, the plane never makes it off the runway, and Ben is a mess. Nonetheless, he hooks up with Sarah (Sandra Bullock, playing a bit against type), who is also headed to Savannah. As they travel, Ben becomes more and more attracted to Sarah, and the events that happen to them (various natural disasters and freak events - the forces of nature of the title) seem destined to keep Ben from his impending marriage. Soon, even he starts to think it's a sign from the heavens. There's no denying the attraction between Ben and Sarah.
So there's the quandry.
Why doesn't it work?
Writer Marc Lawrence seems to throw coincidence after coincidence out there. Each segment or disaster is the impetus that leads to another disaster, with little to tie one to another. Further, the Sarah character pulls solutions quite literally from out of nowhere. She used to have this job, so she knows how to handle this situation. Right. Bits and pieces of her backstory pop up repeatedly throughout the film, leading one to wonder if the screenwriter was just sitting there writing, and suddenly thinks, "Wouldn't it be great if Sarah said/did/felt this?"
The ending, which I won't give away, is such a horrible cop out, by the way.
An already shaky premise is undermined by sloppy writing.
What is good here is the chemistry between the leads. Affleck is inching closer to that leading man status that you know his charm is meant for. Bullock, whom I generally dislike, plays the free-spirit role admirably. She'd not horribly miscast, and she makes the most of it. It's a decent comeback for a star who's in need of a hit. The supporting cast is fine as well. Tierney is radiant as always, and makes the most of her role. Steve Zahn once again outdoes everyone else in the film.
The effects are passable, although a scene in the climax, when Ben is talking to Bridget while a hurricane is nearby seems odd. Nevermind the furniture flying by in the background, look at Maura Tierney's hair. Barely moves. You could say that the conversation takes place in the eye of the storms surrounding them, but that's kinda hokey.As a date movie, it's average fare. Affleck's fans will like it, but it could have been so much better.