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Changing Lanes


On his way to court, hotshot attorney Gavin Banek (Ben Affleck) ends up in a traffic accident with working class dad Doyle Gipson (Samuel L. Jackson); the meeting has dire consequences. Itā€™s an interesting encounter between these guys; Affleck and Jackson are well-matched as the fairly decent (but complex) citizens who are pushed into crossing the line. The movie takes place during one working day and features an intelligent story, by turns intense and low-key, with a few well-conceived thoughts on morality. We may believe that we live in separate worlds, but this movie is bent on showing us that money doesnā€™t matter ā€“ human nature always looks the same.

2002-U.S. 99 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced byĀ Scott Rudin. Directed byĀ Roger Michell. Screenplay: Chap Taylor, Michael Tolkin. Cast: Ben Affleck (Gavin Banek), Samuel L. Jackson (Doyle Gipson), Toni Collette (Michelle), Sydney Pollack, William Hurt, Amanda Peet.

Last word: “It’s good in a way that you have two stories and they hardly ever collide. The two actors only ever meet in, like, two scenes in the movie ā€“ the very beginning and the very end ā€“ but when you’re watching one, you’re always thinking about the other, and that gives the film an extraordinarily unique dynamic. It’s also a suspense movie, and you really want to know what’s going to happen next and you’re constantly surprised ā€“ but it’s a suspense movie with a difference because you don’t know who’s the good guy and who’s the bad guy. You’re always trying to work that out, and that makes it really interesting.” (Michell, BBC)



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