Basil (Danny Huston) leaves his family to pursue a lucrative property deal in Colorado. He hires local chauffeur Nick (Matthew Jacobs) to drive him into the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The men's backgrounds are as different as their points of view: Basil, the shrewd and abrupt American businessman pitched against his charming and recently divorced English driver. But as the evening sets in, the growing menace of the elements leaves the men with no choice but to work together if they are to survive the night.
Disappointing snowbound two-hander drama - very odd
- Boxing Day review by PV
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This film brands itself "Bernard Rose's Boxing Day". Am I supposed to know this Mr Rose? Is he famous? Never heard of him, I'm afraid.
The best thing about this movie is the trailer - which did its job because I rented the film on the strength of it. Sadly, the trailer has ALL the best lines so watching the main movie adds nothing.
A wait till the end of the credits shows that this is BFI funded by UK taxpayers' money and like many state-funded projects, it would NEVER have got by the gatekeepers in the commercial world.
It's basically a 2-hander, based on a story by Tolstoy (which means it WILL be all about social class), with a property speculator being driven around by an incompetent British chauffeur in the snowy icebound environs of Denver, Colorado looking at foreclosed properties he hopes to buy at a big discount.
A few good one liners here. And Tolstoy's long dead so not copyright issue there and no-one to pay! There is an attempt to make rounded characters with ex-wife subplots etc but that feels very tagged on.
But that's it. Probably my favourite things about this movie is the snowy and icy scenes which I could watch all day long.
The whole premise of this movie is flawed. I kept asking myself - why would a supposedly savvy property speculator allow himself to be driven around by a chauffeur so incompetent he cannot use a satnav or know which type of fuel to put in the car? Plenty of knowledgeable tax drivers in EVERY town and city in the world who are immediately available for private hire for a day or more - yet, the speculator character lets himself be driven into snowstorm by a clown.