Wednesday, January 23, 2013

SHUFFLE (2011) movie review

Shuffle (2011) d. Kuenne, Kurt (USA)

Borrowing its central conceit from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, T.J. Thyne stars as a man who, every time he falls asleep, randomly wakes up in a different day of his life, from age 9 to 92. Essentially a drama with sci-fi leanings, writer/director Kuenne uses his narrative novelty to create a mystery for Thyne (and the audience) to solve as he attempts to first discover the reasons behind his bizarre temporal malady, then to prevent the death of his beloved Paula Rhodes. The black and white cinematography lends an arty touch, and while the storyline and performances occasionally dip into the schmaltz pool, the feel-good ending doesn’t come off as distastefully saccharine.

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