My Sister's Keeper (2009)

Genre(s): Drama
Warner Brothers || PG13 - 109 minutes - $28.98 || November 17, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-11-19


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Writer(s): Jodi Picoult (novel); Nick Cassavetes & Jeremy Leven (screenplay)
Cast: Abigail Breslin, Cameron Diaz, Jason Patric, Sofia Vassilieva, Alec Baldwin


Theatrical Release Date: June 26, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Additional Scenes
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40), Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Surround 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH

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.::THE FILM::.

Iíve been forced to watch that awful film known as The Notebook more than a dozen times, around one to two times for each girl Iíve dated thatís stuck me in front of a television and forced me to watch that mindless dribble. No offense to the creators or cast, but good lord that movie was terrible for men everywhere. Oh no, you lost your memory, does that mean I have to sit through you regaining it for two hours? Yes, several times I had to answer that question myself. The only reason that this is a transition to My Sisterís Keeper is the fact that the director of the movie I just complained about also did that one as well. Now, onto Nick Cassavetes latest trip through agonizing torture, I mean a heart-loving film that had me crying at the end.

Anna (Abigail Breslin) has a sister Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) who is currently sick with leukemia. Kate has lost her hair already but not her humor, as she still manages to joke around with her family about what sheís going through. Anna is a donor for her sister, but wants the decision to be hers to donate and not forced upon by her mother Sara (Cameron Diaz) and Brian (Jason Patric). Anna goes to meet with Campbell (Alec Baldwin), a lawyer, who finds out that pretty much her entire life she has had things taken from her without her consent.

We then get a time travel (shocking, I know) back in time to see how this all started out with Kate. She became sick at a young age with the cancer and the family couldnít deal with it. The doctors told Sara and Brian that the only way to save her is to have a child to donate bone marrow and other things that Kate will need to survive. So the dastardly parents concoct a plan to have a child, Anna, to be able to give Kate what she needs to live and pretty much screw what Anna wants in her life. This is what caused Anna to go to the lawyer in the first place, since she basically found out that her parents were just using her to keep her sister alive and disregard what she wants in her life.

This prompts not only Anna to lash out at her family, but also Sara to slap her around a few times because of the outrage from her youngest daughter. Brian tries to cheer Anna up and make her see that sheís the only one who can save Kate from a painful death and give her a future. Anna though only cares (or so it seems, I wonít spoil the twist) about herself and refuses to help Kate out anymore. Will Anna see the light and save Kate from a short-life, or will she be greedy and keep her marrow for herself?

Look, this is a complete chick-flick type of movie. Thereís absolutely no denying this one by anyone, as Iím sure that chicks will be crying the entire time the movie is going on, while guys are forced to comfort them and do all that stuff I donít do. Thereís a ton of sensitive material going on in this movie that I canít deal with, but Iím sure others will be able to relate to. The problem with this movie is the slow pacing of, well, the entire film. It moves at a snailís pace and doesnít provide many jokes or entertaining features to try and keep viewers interested. Instead, it relies more on sentimental value to keep someone interested, and for me, thatís a no go.

I know that I will get regaled and criticized for saying this again: this just isnít a guy type of movie. This is only for females who like these types of films. All others should stay away. On the plus side to the movie, I will say that the acting is superb. Diaz comes off as a mean aggressive and non-caring parent all-rolled into one perfect specimen, and Breslin truly has a great future as a prime candidate for best actress somewhere down the road. The issue is that these two and the rest of the castís great acting canít save this from just being nothing more than a chick-flick.

Did I mention this is a chick flick?



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Additional Scenes (16 minutes): There are a ton of scenes here available for you to watch in case you wanted to know more about the already long enough flick. In all honesty though thereís nothing here thatís entertaining or worth watching for the stories sake, so Iíd recommend passing on these.

Finally, a Digital Copy is available that doesnít work with I-Tunes so itís utterly useless.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Warner Brothers continues the onslaught of terrible DVD transfers with this one, as colors are bland and outdated. For purposes of the review I started with the Full-Screen version and switched to Widescreen halfway through, and still noticed both of these problems. The colors just look absolutely atrocious, as white colors tend to blur and jump off-screen multiple times through the movie. There were also many scenes where the colors (not just white) were overblown to the point of where it was incredibly distracting. Contrast wasnít that much of an issue here, although a few times I did see a bit of noise and grain plaguing the scene from time to time.

The Dolby Surround 5.1 track is just as disappointing as the video transfer. The audio is depressingly low-key and hard to hear what is being said most of the time. There are a few scenes where surround sound would have been great to hear, but alas the surround sound came more from the front two speakers than anything else the entire flick. I canít really go on much more about this track being terrible, since I already did that for a few sentences prior to this one. A low-level track, a hard to hear track, and finally a lack of surround makes this a shockingly disappointing one.



.::OVERALL::.

As much as everyone told me how great the book was and subsequently the same about the film, I must say I found the film to be lackluster with its bland storytelling and lack of a decent direction in the movie. I know that this one will be a classic to many, probably most females, but men should probably steer clear of this one for date night. The technical package is dreadful, and since as usual Warner put all the extras on the Blu-Ray again, if you want to rent or purchase My Sisterís Keeper I recommend going for the Blu-ray.