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
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
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
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.