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Directed By
Peter Weir

Written By:
Rafael Yglesias

Jeff Bridges, Isabella Rossellini, Rosie Perez, Tom Hulce, John Turturro, Benicio Del Toro, Deirdre O'Connell, John de Lancie

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Fearless (1994)
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Movie Review by Zara
January 24th, 2007

Makes car crashes look like a cakewalk

Almost everyone I know has been in a car accident. You know the minute that someone starts describing the fender bender that they just had, the rest of the people in the room are going to chime in about where they were when they were in their first accident. The blood, the broken limbs, the whiplash. Everyone has an injury to talk about. Then there are those who divulge how being in a car accident changed how they drove from there on out. The hesitation, the grimacing when they car behind them looked to stop too short. You are never in short supply for people to commiserate with you about a fender bender. But what if you happen to have been in a plane crash?

That's the question at the top of this movie. FEARLESS focuses on a plane crash survivor whose view of the world and his life within it drastically changes after surviving a horrendous landing. He begins to move through life as if he is now invincible. He is assigned a psychiatrist who he completely dismisses. He starts to ignore his wife and young son. He deals with the crash by not admitting that there is a problem. When he is introduced to the only other survivor to turn down professional help, he makes it his mission to help her through her troubles.

Jeff Bridges plays the role of Max Klein with a tight lipped quiet bravado. Yet as much as he is at the forefront of this story, the movie would suffer if not for the fantastic supporting cast. Rosie Perez is Carla Rodrigo, the woman whom Max tries to help. While I completely understand how her voice is grating, the pain and personal torment that she showcases are first rate. As a mother of a toddler who perishes in the crash, you can feel her pain. Isabella Rossellini is Max's wife, dedicated enough to want to save her troubled marriage, yet strong enough to walk away from it if that's what it will take.

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Dec 24, 2007 5:07 PM
I love this movie. This was one of my favorite movies from the 1990s, and Jeff Bridges was sublime. The music at the very end of the movie still tears me apart.

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