Time: 102 mins.
I guess the crux of this review can be summed up in two simple statements: when the film was over my boyfriend asked me, "Were you suprised by the ending?" My retort back, "Did I care?" FORCES OF NATURE is a film of parts that never really goes anywhere, much like its' lead characters, Ben (Affleck) and Sarah (Bullock). The lack of true chemistry between Bullock and Affleck is deeply disappointing considering they are both attractive and talented people. They each have their own charms, which are about the only thing that keeps this movie afloat. I like Bullock alot, but she doesn't really have much to do here except look sexy and act "free." This is supposed to cause uptight, nice guy Affleck to just toss over his fiancée, Bridget (Tierney) and completely change his life to be with Bullock. I didn't buy it for a second.
Was I surprised by his choice in the end not one bit. This film makes a big show of how horrible marriage is and that no one can make it work, but it's clear from the start that this guy wants nothing more than to be tied down to the woman he loves, no matter what the filmmaker's want you to believe. Affleck does an OK job as the conflicted guy who thinks he's fallen for another woman on the eve of his wedding, but he's not a great actor and this isn't a well-written film. He's funny because he doesn't have to really act that much, which is lucky for him. As long as he plays the straight guy, he should continue to have a career, much to my dismay.
The film is basically PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES as a romantic comedy. It's too bad it's not even half as funny. Ben meets Sarah on a flight from New York to Savannah, Georgia where he is about to get married. His worst fears are realized when their plane crashes without ever leaving the ground. Not willing to get on another plane, he decides to find other means of getting to Georgia. Having "saved" her life, Sarah helps him by getting them a ride with Vic, a guy going their way. Unfortunately for them, they have no idea that Vic is a small-time drug dealer. They get pulled over by the cops and end up in jail. Big surprise, huh? They are eventually let go and manage to catch a train to Savannah. Ben feels guilty about spending time with Sarah since he feels attracted to her, so they go their separate ways once onboard.