DIY the pain away.
Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) loses his wife in a tragic car crash. While sitting in the ICU, he gets his candy stuck in a vending machine, and ends up writing a series of letters explaining his predicament to their customer service department. Karen (Naomi Watts) reads them and becomes concerned, and reaches out to him. Davis realizes that he was coasting through his life previously. He was always told he didn't pay enough attention, and now he's finding that to be true. Aside from writing letters to Karen to cope, he also starts to crave working with his hands, and disassembles quite a few different things.
I felt like this movie had something interesting to say, but then ran out of those things about half way through. For a film as short as this one, it drags in the 2nd half. Davis goes from coping with his own trauma to trying to figure out what's going on with Karen's teenage son, and while it provides some nice moments, it mostly felt forced. Like they needed a bit more drama and hey, moody teen always works.
Gyllenhaal is good, but when isn't he? There's moments in this film where I'd even call him great, but I just wanted more. I wanted my attention held. I'm not sure what other route they could've taken this film, perhaps it would've been better as a short?
Memorable Quote: "Well...that's different." - Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal)