"They took an incredible book and made it into a good movie."
I remember when this movie came out ... I didn't want to see it, because I was already depressed.I finally did see it, almost a year later. It was on the big screen, letterboxed (though it was a LD projection so, apparently, it wasn't the same ratio as the true big screen projection ... but it was close enough, eh?). And I admit, I probably wouldn't have been able to take it a year ago. But between then and now, I read the book. The book affected me. And, reading it, I said "How can they ever make an adaptation of this?" The answer ... not too well. Yes, it was well acted -- a particular stand-out was Bruce Greenwood, who I had only seen in "Nowhere Man" and never been overly impressed with. (Of course, I knew Ian Holm could act.) And the directing was great as well. But taking a book written from four people's point of view and making it into one movie is hard. And, Entoyan proved just how hard it is. The main reason to adapt a novel is to give the visual aspect of the book a truly visual ... well, visual, I guess. But, the book was *so* visually written that the movie almost seemed redundant. This being said, it is good that the movie was made. I'm sure most people didn't read the book. I know I hadn't read it until I heard about the movie. But to take a book told from four people's POV and make the story *more* convoluted and the narration *more* muddled [come on, what was that plane stuff except a cheesy excuse to give Ian Holm the best scene written in the book?] ... that takes ability. A book has the liberty of telling a story in a very non-linear sense. Movies have similar liberty, but must not do so simply for the sake of doing so; rather, to have a point within the story. The movie actually had a *more* fucked-up sense of time than the book did, and never truly connected them all. Ambiguity is good, but too much makes it seem like the adapter (Egoyan as well) didn't quite get the book he read.If you don't have time to read the book, then I guess see the movie. But make time.