283. Sliding Doors (1998)

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6.8 Fails to deliver
  • Acting 7.1
  • Directing 7.1
  • Story 6.3
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Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch

Director: Peter Howitt

Running Time: 99 mins


Sliding Doors is a British film about a woman whose life is affected completely by a two-second delay at a train station, however she lives both outcomes, seeing how much damage one small change can do…

This was a very interesting and clever film. The story had an intriguing idea, and the way in which the two parallel worlds of the woman were presented were very clear, as the filmmakers evidently put in subtle yet noticeable differences in each world to help you distinguish the two, which I thought was pretty clever.

However, I thought that the whole romance element of the film did go a little over the top. The main problem was that it all started out as a simple enough story, where the romantic side wasn’t particularly prominent, however by the end of the film, it seemed as if the two separate worlds had become separate films in themselves, which did become a little confusing, and boring to watch.

Overall, I’ll give this a 6.8 because although it had a clever and intriguing premise, it tailed off in being a romantic love story, which I’m just fed up with.

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