Film Review – Time Out of Mind (2014)

Time out of Mind

Title – Time Out of Mind (2014)

Director – Oren Moverman (The Messenger)

Cast – Richard Gere, Jena Malone, Ben Vereen, Steve Buscemi, Jeremy Strong, Kyra Sedgwick, Michael Kenneth Williams

Plot – Homeless and lonely, George (Gere) roams the streets of New York City trying to find his place in the world and reconnect with his estranged daughter Maggie (Malone).

“I’ve had a feeling for the last ten years or so maybe, that I’m such a stupid loser of an idiot”

Review by Eddie on 06/12/2016

Trying to capture the essence and loneliness of being homeless in a bustling city like New York, Time Out of Mind sees one time heartthrob Richard Gere give his best impersonation of being a struggling street bum (supposedly Gere even lived on the streets for this role) in The Messenger and Rampart director Oren Moverman’s highly unengaging and frustratingly distant drama that perhaps seemed destined for golden statues but has ended up but nothing as loose change in a throwaway cup in the minds of many moviegoers.

The most frustrating element about Moverman’s drama, that has a penchant for not much dialogue as Gere’s lost soul George wanders around the streets, running into everyone from his estranged daughter Maggie played by Jena Malone and blink and you’ll miss them turns from the likes of Steve Buscemi, Jeremy Strong and Michael Kenneth Williams, is that the film does have the potential and commitment from its leading man to be something special but as George continues his journey and we overhear situations and conversations (like many homeless must feel, like flies on the walls to people’s lives) taking place around us, we quickly realise we are not engaged in the slightest in George’s plight as to where his come from or where he is ever so slowly going.

There’s nothing wrong with this at arm’s length approach if it’s done right but the film is crying out for a bigger hook to make our often arduous time with George more intriguing and compelling but Moverman seems to care little with giving his film a heart or satisfactory reasons for his style with the film and Gere’s commitment plus brief moments touching scenes that seem cut from a much more rounded and complete film (such as the films touching final 15 minutes) that are so far above the films other 100 plus minutes of slow going it just ads to the overall feeling of a frustrating watching experience.

There’s some important messages to be portrayed in Time Out of Mind and it’s always good to see the now mostly little scene talents of Gere on screen but Overman’s film is a big disappointment for a filmmaker that’s delivered films like The Messenger and Love and Mercy (as a writer) and while this was never meant to be an easy watch film, Time Out of Mind doesn’t justify our hard time spent enduring this rather uninviting tale.

1 ½ Omar Little orderly’s out of 5

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