Thursday, December 31, 2009

'Uncertainty' is no sure thing

The best reason to see Uncertainty -- a gimmicky drama from directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel: The cinematography of Rain Li. Li does an admirable job of photographing New York City from two vantage points linked by the famous Brooklyn Bridge. To restate the obvious -- a mainstay of all journalism -- we're talking Brooklyn and Manhattan and a story that splits in two. Lynn Collins and Joseph Gordon-Levitt play two couples, one living through a family Fourth of July in Brooklyn; the other running around Manhattan in a thriller of sorts. Neither half of the movie is well enough developed, but the actors are watchable and the directors have a bit of track record, having made The Deep End (interesting) and Bee Season (ambitious but failed). To put all this another way, Uncertainty proves marginally interesting as the work of a directing team that's not afraid to aim high with movies that always manage to look good.

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