Changing Lanes (2002)

R   |    |  Drama, Thriller


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The story of what happens one day in New York City, when a young lawyer and a businessman share a small automobile accident on F.D.R. Drive, and their mutual road rage escalates into a feud.


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  • Samuel L. Jackson as Doyle Gipson
  • Ben Affleck as Gavin Banek and Toni Collette as Michelle
  • Producer Scott Rudin and Sydney Pollack on the set
  • Director Roger Michell
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Doyle Gipson
  • (Left to right) Ben Affleck as Gavin Banek and Samuel L. Jackson as Doyle Gipson

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2 November 2002 | rogerdarlington
Should have been so much better
As we know from Michael Douglas's performance in "Falling Down", driving on the roads of American cities can make you crazy. So it's not too surprising when a fender-bender on New York's FDR Drive brings into conflict a hot-shot young lawyer trying to keep his law firm out of serious trouble (surprisingly well portrayed by Ben Affleck) and an alcoholic struggling to keep in touch with his estranged wife and two sons (Samuel L Jackson as a more conventional character than usual). But a mislaid file rapidly leads to a vicious escalation of alternating retribution in scenes reminiscent of "The War Of The Roses".

British director Roger Mitchell ("Notting Hill") uses some edgy camerawork and rapid cutting to pile on the tension but, just when he should be pushing his characters to breaking point, the whole thing collapses into a most unsatisfactory ending of unconvincing decency. Along the way, Sydney Pollack, who has himself directed a movie exposing the hypocrisy of the legal profession ("The Firm"), is on the mark as the head of the law firm and the father-in-law of Affleck's character, but first-rate actors like William Hurt and Toni Collette are only given bit roles. The whole thing could, and should, have been so much better and the main fault has to lie with the last quarter of the script.

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