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One Hour Photo (2002)

Cast: Robin Williams, Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, more...
Director: Mark Romanek, Mark Romanek
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Independent
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
Funnyman Robin Williams steps out of character in this tense, low-key thriller that marked the feature-film directorial debut of music video veteran Mark Romanek. Semour "Sy" Parrish (Williams) runs the photo processing department at a large discount store; Sy is dedicated to his job, and takes great pride in his work. Sy's favorite customers are Nina and Will Yorkin (Connie Nielsen and Michael Vartan), an attractive and cheerful young couple with a nine-year-old boy, Jake (Dylan Smith). Sy dotes on the Yorkins and their son whenever they drop off film to be processed -- something they've been doing quite often ever since Jake was born -- and Nina and Will are indulgent of Sy's attentions, regarding his as a harmless eccentric. What the Yorkins don't know is Sy is a desperately lonely man with no real life of his own, and he's been obsessively making copies of their photos, for years, imagining himself to be "Uncle Sy," a member of the family. Sy's tenuous hold on reality begins to collapse when he develops a roll of film brought in by a new customer that suggests Will has been unfaithful to Nina; the notion that his ideal family may be falling apart is troubling enough for Sy, and when he loses his job, Sy reaches the breaking point. One Hour Photo was screened in competition at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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The Williams movie machine... by Emomovieluver April 10, 2003 - 12:22 PM PDT
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1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Robin Williams has been creating a stir in Hollywood with his "against type" performance in both "Insomnia" and now "One Hour Photo" and for good reason! Though he's always been an extremely diverse and talented actor, his comedic personality and humorous genious have kept many people views of him limited. Director Mark Romancek's experience with music videos comes in handy here in creating a slick looking movie that tells the story effectively. Though a strong subject matter, after one brief pivitol and shocking scene, I expected a much stronger conclusion and like other reviewers was tremendously let down by the sugary, watered-down ending. Still, Williams keeps the movie afloat and because of him, "OHP" is well worth watching.

Stylish and a new take on an old theme. by bacchus68 March 7, 2003 - 5:19 AM PST
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3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I have also seen one hour photo and have a differing opinion then the other review. I loved the stylized look of the film and though the stalker theme has been done to death in films this film presented it in a very enjoyable way. Robin williams did a great performance in this film. some great small roles from gary cole and others also rounded the cast. I was actually very impressed with connie neilsen and her performance as well. Though it isn't the same type of film this film I would compare to something like unfaithful. Both movies has very similar I have seen this to death type of stories but both films also have such amazing performances they overcome the genre status of the material and just astound. unfaithful with diane lane's performance can compare to some of the one hour photo's cast performances in the film by expressing more then you've seen from the typical roles these characters fall in before. it makes you care and draws you into the film more. The actors are Just giving their all to the film and that is what makes it work. The one negative I would give to one hour photo is like unfaithful the ending I was not at all happy with. The fact is though that the ending isn't what you expect and that actually breaks convention a bit and shows that this film is not a typical stalker film as well but I do wish without giving away the ending I would have liked to have seen more of the aftermath of the final ending then was shown.

More tedious than suspenseful by chester March 6, 2003 - 10:49 AM PST
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3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I was very much looking forward to this film, and ended up very disappointed. While the concept is great, I found the execution wanting. The characters are fairly two-dimensional; unbelievable enough to not be sympathetic to them - any of them. The plot was disappointingly predictable. I went in hoping for a dark, ingenius thriller, and ended up watching a somewhat tedious film with very little suspense.




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