HTF REVIEW: "Dragonfly" (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Dragonfly




    Studio: Universal
    Year: 2002
    Rated: PG-13
    Film Length: 105 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (2.35:1)



    When someone you love dies...
    are they gone forever?

    Dr. Joe Darrow (Kevin Costner) is a caring
    emergency-room doctor whose even more caring
    physician wife, Emily (Susanna Thompson), dies
    in a bus accident in a remote village in Venezuela
    while working for the Red Cross.
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    The body has yet to be found, and you would
    think Joe would be devastated by all this.
    In fact, we rarely see any emotion from Joe
    as he goes about his daily business at the
    county hospital.
    Promising to check on all the sick children his
    wife cared for, he finds all kids he visits (who
    have had near-death experiences) are drawing the
    same mysterious symbol. Furthermore, the kids keep
    telling him that his wife is trying to contact him
    to tell him something important.
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    Joe begins to believe that Emily is trying to
    communicate with him - from the other side. While
    Joe's co-workers and friends worry about his mental
    stability, Joe comes to realize that he must draw
    on faith - rather than fact - for answers to his
    questions.
    There is nothing worse than watching a film
    that tries to ride the coat tails of "The
    Sixth Sense" and fails on most every level --
    especially the use of the great cast involved.
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    What the heck was Costner thinking when he
    signed on to this film? Costner sleepwalks
    through the whole thing. His character's journey
    is so overwhelmingly dull that you can't help but
    feel bored by his intense struggles. Even Oscar
    winners Kathy Bathes and Linda Hunt are totally
    wasted in parts that are mere cameos.
    The film is overwhelmingly predictable, and
    though it promises "a knockout ending that will
    blow you away", you can trust this reviewer that
    it's not worth the trip getting to this film's
    lackluster ending that is more cute than knockout.
    How is the transfer?
    The transfer looks very good. Most of the
    first half of the film takes place in dimly
    lit settings, such as inside the hospital or
    inside Joe's darkened house. These scenes show
    off hints of video noise, but nothing distracting.
    Colors look very natural, including those of
    facial tones. Print remains very clean with no
    blemishes.
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    The 5.1 DTS soundtrack sound quite good. As
    always, DTS provides a very open sound field,
    allowing the smallest noises to peak through
    with great clarity. This film contains a lot
    of rain, wind, and thunder that always seems to
    properly envelope the viewing area. The creaking
    of doors or the sounds of strange footsteps from
    above come through with amazing clarity, adding
    to the film's spookier scenes. This is a very
    strong sound mix despite the fact there was very
    little LFE response from my subwoofer.
    Special Features
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    A full-length commentary features Director
    Tom Shadyac.
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    Spotlight On Location is one of those
    cable channel fluff pieces that has the Director
    and major cast members (including Costner) talking
    about the film's story and their individual
    characters. Writer David Seltzer explains his
    view on the human condition during joy and pain.
    Director Tom Shadyac talks about the "lyrical"
    method of photography he used in this film to
    pull us into Joe's character. Using full and
    split screens we watch the Director and cast
    shooting the Venezuela grave scene.
    (length: 13 minutes)
    There are nearly 12 minutes of deleted scenes
    that play in one continuous mode. They include
    an operation sequence with Joe removing a dying
    woman's fetus without consultation; A ghostly
    appearance in Joe's darkened house by the dying
    black boy; Joe playing racquetball with his
    doctor friend as he discusses near-death experiences;
    Flashbacks of Joe listening to his wife's pregnant
    stomach; Joe sighting a ghostly image of his wife
    in the hospital corridors.
    The quality of the deleted scenes are a tad rough,
    and they do add a bit more spook factor to the film,
    though I think the Director probably felt it was
    overkill.
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    An interview with author Betty Eadie who explains
    her near-death experience. I found it to be a
    very interesting story (if you choose to believe
    it) about a woman who claims what happened to her
    during her 4 hours of being dead.
    (length: approx. 6 minutes)
    Rounding up the extras are Production Notes
    and a Cast & Fimmmaker filmography.
    In addition to the film's original theatrical
    trailer, a trailer for The Scorpion King
    is shown at the very beginning, as well as a
    Universal DVD promo in the supplements area.
    DVD-ROM contents contains screensavers,
    wallpaper and links to Universal internet website
    content.
    Final Thoughts
    Hey guys -- know what makes this movie worth a
    rental? It's a decent date movie. Women are going
    to connect to this film better than you. Your date
    will cuddle close to you during the film's spooky
    supernatural encounters, probably grabbing you a
    few times. By the time the film ends you will
    probably find yourself napping, but your girlfriend
    will have soggy eyes as she oogles over the cutesy
    ending.
    The rest of you without dates should just skip
    this one altogether.
    Release Date: July 30, 2002
     
  2. Ricardo C

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    This one's just starting its theatrical run here in South America, and I've been eagerly awaiting it. It's good to know I'll be able to get the DVD so soon after seeing it in theaters.
    Thanks for the review, Ron [​IMG]
     
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    No offence, Ron, but your view of women as film viewers is pretty stereotypical.
     
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  9. Frank Doorhof

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    Hummm,
    Am I one of the few who really liked this movie ?
    Although I found the drama a bit too much, but I LOVED the creepout scenes.
    Also I liked the story a lot, but hé I'm a horror/suspense fan [​IMG].
    My wife and I watched it together and had a very nice evening with some tears and alot of scares.
    Not a masterpiece but what is nowaday's.
    Greetings,
    Frank
     
  10. David James

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    My wife and I also liked this movie and found parts of it scarier than some of the "M's" other 2 more famous movies. Seems like if the pace isn't "Moulin Rougeish" it doesn't get high marks [​IMG]
     
  11. Jim Douglas

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    I watched it last night and enjoyed it also. I've seen allot worse.
    Jim
     
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    I wish I had read Ron's review before I rented this one. I was disappointed with the movie. [​IMG]
     
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    I really like the snaps on the case. I wish every DVD came in that type [​IMG]
     
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    Ok Tell the truth.... Was I the only one that cried at the ending? Yes I have seen better movies but the ending made it worth while.[​IMG]
     
  15. Jan Strnad

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    My wife and I enjoyed it as a rental. I don't buy many DVDs and I won't buy Dragonfly, but it provided a good evening's worth of entertainment.

    Jan
     
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    I recieved a screener copy of this last week, even though I saw the film theatrically and was immensly unimpressed with it, the DVD has a nice look and sound to it (sorry, no comments about DTS as I don't have it). [​IMG]
    Anyone out there like the movie and would like a fresh yet opened copy of it to trade, let me know. [​IMG]
    Jason
     
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    I've seen worse movies but that doesn't make this one good. It had a made for TV movie style plot. The ending caused my eyes to roll. Just too much corn and cliche' for my taste. I give the movie a rating of "mediocre".
     

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