On DVD: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Running Time: 
96 Minutes

Anthony Hopkins writes, directs, and even composes the soundtrack for his film Slipstream. A stressed writer named Felix Bonhoeffer suddenly finds his world intermingling with the world he has created for a film he is screenwriting.  The premise sounds like it would be similar to the very fantastic Spike Jonze film Adaptation but this is less like Jonze’s film and more like David Lynch’s Lost Highway and Twin Peaks cut and pasted together. The film is a mish mash of odd sequences that jump around so sporadically its nearly impossible to follow, and even when you can follow it you have to ask yourself if what your following is even what you think it is and if it is, is it even that important? If you thought that last line was confusing then just multiply that by a thousand and you’ll have Hopkins’ film.

Slipstream has a strong cast going for it. Hopkins stars in the film as Felix Bonhoeffer but if anything he plays a metaphoric canvas with everyone else acting as shades of color and shapes trying to come together to create a coherent picture. Christian Slater and Jeffery Tambor have the most coherent segment of the film with Slater doing his Jack Nicholson Chinatown routine but with some guff and finesse so that the comparison isn’t as unnerving as it would seem. John Turturro plays, mostly, a deranged producer who, like the film itself, has fits of sanity and insanity cut and pasted together so that your left scratching your head. Michael Clark Duncan and Camryn Manheim also star but their parts are small and insignificant if not simply for effect.

I’ve read reviews for this movie and most everyone has said that in order to truly appreciate this film you need to watch it several times to understand it, to grasp its meaningful message, to figure out just what it is that Hopkins is trying to say. I chalk this up to people riding the wave of that statement so that they can pretend they get the film and so they don’t look stupid. For me, I want a film that is going to stimulate my intellectual side while still offering me something easy to grasp onto to help me cross over. Slipstream is a film that plays out more like an inside joke because your not on the inside, you just have to come to your own conclusion about what the film means. This could be the truth of the film or it could be a version of the truth that helps you grasp the film. Personally I don’t want to have to watch a film that, to me, was uninteresting, just so that I can decipher its underlying meaning, if its even got one. If you do see this one remember to stay till the films credits conclude for what may be a key to understanding the madness. Other then that your on your own.

AJ Garcia
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