Hearts in Atlantis is another impotent sterilization from Scott Hicks (Shine, Snow Falling on Cedars), concerning an on-the-lam government-sanctioned psychic.He befriends a prepubescent boy whom he “temporarily” passes the gift onto, while the boy deals with the trivial issues forced upon him by his mother, de rigueur. The Stephen King tale has its intriguing and promising aspect, but Hicks plays it for its bathos and phony emotions, overdoing the schmaltz at every turn and exploiting the unintentional affectedness of kid-actor Anton Yelchin. If all the subject matter were not treated like commonplace banalities in the eyes of someone who knows but doesn’t care, with the lumbering detachment Hicks abides by, I could easily see this innocuous tale made more palatable. But even Mychael Danna’s score is used to the ill-effect of carrying out Hicks’ damaging intent.
With Anthony Hopkins, David Morse and Hope Davis.[Not to be bothered with.]