Review: Uncertainty

'Uncertainty' is a fitting name for this film. When I was watching it I was uncertain if I was enjoying it or now. When I look back on it now, I did. For the most part. This film obviously had some good intentions, but it wasn't executed like that.

The film follows a young couple, Bobby (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Kate (Lynn Collins) We meet them on July 4th on the Brooklyn bridge. A flip of a coin decides their fate. We see them run in opposite directions to start our stories. We never hear who calls heads or tails, but we see two different scenarios of their day. Separated by color. a "green" story and a "yellow" story. We are shown serious decisions in both stories. Green involves an un-planned pregnancy, while Yellow involves a missing BlackBerry and some unwanted company. One is thriller-ish, the other is an interesting character study.

Like I've said many times, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a phenomenal actor. He's so good that his co-star has trouble keeping up with him. While certain scenes display fierce chemistry (one hell of a love-scene, drifting between the green and yellow stories) others it's painfully obvious that she's not on par with JGL. The cinematography is one thing that stood out. I've never been to NYC, but this film made me want to go even more. The shots of the city are lovely, quick, and seemingly done with ease. The characters are interesting, but make some questionably choices in the Yellow film. I personally enjoyed the Green version better, and Olivia Thirlby is a nice surprise as a minor character, even though she doesn't have much to do. The ending is subtle and nice. JGL carries the film and shows great range. He's definitely the best part.

Recommended: Yes 3/5 stars

Memorable quote: "So are we going to be people with a kid or parents?" - Bobby (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)


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