Watching this movie made me realize how much it hit so close to home. The reality of people around us. How we live our live like a little fish in a bowl, swirling forever in this circle of life, the neverending cycle, the devil's playground, and how we desperately trying to hop out from that kind of bowl and move out to a bigger pond. I realized that I am a little fish.
Tracey Heart (Cate Blanchett) is a video/dvd store assistant clerk in Little Saigon, Sidney, who spent a better half of her life trying to recover from her heroin addiction. She also has a complex relationship with her family and friends who notably still lives around drugs. When her ex-boyfriend, Jonny (Dustin Nguyen) returns and back to her life again, her world is turn into unexpected turmoil. Her brother, Ray (Martin Henderson) who brings the complexity of deceit within Tracy's own life is mirrored by Sydney's drug underworld as Tracey becomes tangled with criminal boss Bradley (Sam Neill) who happens has a relationship with her friend, Lionel (Hugo Weaving). Tracey has to confront her own fears before she learns to love again.
Despite slow intervension and I was expecting some action, the movie is too real. I, myself think a movie is should alter a bit from reality. That is why they called it a movie, because it's not real. If it's based on true story, a moviemaker should switch the mood and make the audience realize that they are watching a movie rather than documentary. Nonetheless, I was in awe and truly moved by the performances from the actors, especially from Lionel, a junkie and bisexual, brilliantly being delivered by Hugo Weaving. I'm used to see him as Elrond from Lord of The Rings trilogy and Agent Smith from The Matrix trilogy, it was surprising to see him in this vulnerable role. His character is trying desperately so hard to get clean from his addiction. I understand how hard it is to overcome an addiction, so in my eyes he got my simpathy. Cate Blanchett really delivers in this superb acting. I forgot that she's actually an Aussie actress, because I've seen her in so many Hollywood movies. This time, she's gone back to her own roots.
Another surprising entrance is from Dustin Nguyen, who also stealing scenes and performance. I've known him during the 80s when he was Harry Ioki in 21 Jump Street. This should make him a comeback role, which I thought he's very good and very brave. His Australian accent is believable and asthonishing. And I really like his good chemistry screen with Cate Blanchett. That, and I got to see his ass. What a nice ass he has... But that's neither here nor there. The point is, this movie is good, moving, touching and really hit too close to home. But I don't recommend this to any moviegoer. I watched this movie with my friends, and some of them dozed off. Too bad. Unless you prepare to watch a reality of life, I suggest you watch other thing.
Due to my hectic schedule, I will not be able to review all new movies every week. I apologize. I will however review some older movies from DVDs from time to time. Thank you for understanding.
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