THE TICKET REVIEWED
“The Ticket” could’ve been so much better. But, the film boasts amazing performances from Dan Stevens and Malin Akerman. It’s just what else? The story of an individual getting an ability back isn’t that new anymore. When Dan Stevens’ character gains his vision back, the film hits the usual notes. What has our disabled hero been missing before the film started? Is his life truly his life now that he has vision?
The answers don’t come that fast, as they are usually replaced with even more questions. It’s a film about faith that never sticks that third act landing. Dan Stevens finds a film that didn’t need to exist within a look about restored ability. So, what does it all mean? Ultimately nothing.
I’ve spent the last week trying to get a grasp on this movie, but I keep getting stuck. The early scenes of Dan Stevens’ co-workers turning on him when compared against the later revelations almost makes me think that there was some heavy editing. The disjointed nature of the film has to be explained by missing scenes. This shouldn’t have been so hard to follow, but I get a lot of the downplaying now. Still, I’d check it out if you’re absolutely curious.
- Not Rated
- 1 hr and 37 mins
- Shout Factory
RELEASE DATE: 4/7/17
- Film Score - 72%72%
The Plot Thus Far
Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast, FX series Legion), Malin Akerman (Billions, Watchmen), Kerry Bishé (Halt and Catch Fire, Argo) and Oliver Platt (Chicago Med, Fargo) star in Ido Fluk’s THE TICKET.
After James (Dan Stevens), a blind man, inexplicably regains his vision, he becomes possessed by a drive to make a better life for himself. However, his new improvements—a nicer home, a higher paying job, tailored suits, luxury car—leave little room for the people who were part of his old, simpler life: his plain wife (Malin Akerman) and close friend Bob (Oliver Platt). As his relationships buckle under the strain of his snowballing ambition, it becomes uncertain if James can ever return from darkness. Director Ido Fluk paints a visual world that reflects the mesmerizing effect that newfound sight has on James; the vibrant backgrounds and the sun-drenched rooms are captivating in their beauty. His dreamy and subjective style combines with an astute sense of character to craft a tale of desire, perception, and what it really means to be blind.