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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Solitary Man Blu-Ray Review

Solitary Man Blu-Ray Review 



Synopsis: Ben (Michael Douglas) once ruled a car-dealership empire vast enough to fuel a glossy Manhattan lifestyle and endow a library at an East Coast university. But by the time he arrives at the college with his girlfriend’s daughter, Allyson (Imogen Poots), who is a prospective student, his world has collapsed around his ears. A business scandal has cost him his income and his marriage to Nancy (Susan Sarandon). His ever-present lust for every passing attractive woman threatens to take what little Ben has left. Even his new relationship with Jordan (Mary-Louise Parker) oscillates with tension. When Ben takes Allyson to tour the school, his motives are more than mixed.

Review: We're used to seeing Michael Douglas as a powerful, yet morally bankrupt man.  He often portrays tyrants and bastards, hopping from one gorgeous woman to the next.  I think he's so good at these roles that many of us question the eithics of the real-life man!   I think his role in 'A Perfect Murder' is my favorite example of these roles.  Solitary Man has elements of these past villains, but with a twist...

What is the twist?  He's downright and absolutely pathetic.  Douglas plays Ben, a man that had it all and lost it.  He's pathetic and sad.  He's a slave to lust and can't help but desire every attractive woman around him, to the point that its about to ruin whats left of his sad little life.  Its refreshing to see Douglas stray a bit from his norm and really deliver for us.  He's a suberb actor and this is a great little film.  Its like a car accident, we all drive by slowly to see what happened and what happens next...you won't be able to turn this one off!

Interest Range: Drama