16 August 2000 | mojo6917404
A nice alternative to mainstream Hollywood.
As I said to my girlfriend as we were going to bed after watching The Settlement, I thought the person to blame for the way Hollywood films are today is none other than the loveable and extremely talented Steven Spielberg. He raised the bar so high that it's almost mandatory that every film be a special FX extravaganza. Then along comes a film like The Settlement. There are no aliens, no genetically gargantuan shark, no lost religious artifacts to be uncovered. What it does have is great dialogue and a great relationship between the main characters. John C. Reilly and William Fitchner run a sleazy business of buying terminal illness patients's life-insurance policies. The patient gets some cash to fulfill they're dying dream and when they die the partners get the full amount of the policy. It's like making a business out of death pools. Disgusting as this is, it doesn't matter. The guys are extremely likeable and when they're business starts to falter, I found myself pulling for them as they have one last chance to get out of financial ruin. The other great thing about The Settlement is the use of irony between the main characters. In the beginning,John C. Reilly's character is the weak, pessimistic one and William Fitchner is the strong optimist, than through one of the twists in the film the roles are reversed! I thank Premier magazine for recommending this film and others that I plan on viewing in the near future. I highly recommend this film. It was definately one of the freshest and entertaining movies I've seen in a while.