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Friday, May 30, 2008

THE SEA INSIDE (2004)

With that handsome, big-featured, Rodin-worthy face, Javier Bardem is able to spark gushers of empathy & emotion with the merest wisp of facial movement. He’s an unbeatable choice for this tru-life story about a quadriplegic fighting for the right to end his life with dignity. Alas, there’s little else to hail in this overrated film that preaches to the converted with short-winded debates, flights of visual cliche and never a speck of piss, shit or bed-sores to get in the way of our compassionate feelings. We never even get to meet the cast of characters who carry out his guilt-free Rube Goldberg euthanasia plan.

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