Friday, April 12, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 129



Affleck overshadowed by Jackson in 'Lanes'

By Heather L. Nicholson
Daily Cougar Staff

Can anyone else smell the sour stench of movie cheese? Just when you thought nothing could be cheesier than Bruce Willis walking in slow motion
to the space shuttle in Armageddon, Ben Affleck decides to pull the same move in a water-drenched office.

Samuel L. Jackson (left) proves once again that's he's a "bad mutha-..." in the new drama Changing Lanes, which also stars Ben Affleck (right).

Changing Lanes is a new film with high expectations bearing hard upon its shoulders. With a team like Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson and Sydney
Pollack, nothing less than the best should be expected.

Affleck does for Changing Lanes what Willis did for Armageddon. He's a well-known actor who's sure to bring in an audience, but his performance
lacks tremendously.

He plays a moralistic high-priced lawyer who has unknowingly turned to the dark side. An unrealistic chain of events teaches him how to do the right
thing ­ the hard way.

Maybe the recent drug-rehab ordeal has impaired his judgment when choosing movie roles. Whatever the reason, Affleck should stick to his earlier
independent film projects.

The actor has talent, but the monster of corporate Hollywood does nothing for him. Reindeer Games and Phantoms have been two of his poorer

Jackson, however, delivers an impressive performance as usual. Audiences can expect his high energy and intense realization. Jackson's character is
a guy having the worst day imaginable and desperately trying not to go over the edge.

Like Michael Douglas in Falling Down, Jackson finally snaps and lives out the stress-relieving anger we've all dreamed of releasing.

The film also includes a moral lesson. Don't worry about missing it because each scene is saturated with it. The lesson goes a little something like
this: In today's world of self-centered indulgence, people tend to forget the importance of doing right by others.

When two star-crossed strangers rub each other the wrong way, one day can ruin the rest of their lives.

Depressed yet? Feeling like you should hug the person next to you? Me neither, but that doesn't stop Changing Lanes from taking an in-your-face
approach to revealing the dramatic consequences of disregarding people.

Scenes in which revenge goes overboard and drama resembling a soap opera are where the movie falters. It's one thing to teach kids not to cry wolf,
but another to try to teach adults to respect and acknowledge each other ... a lost cause in some cases.

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