A decent concept that didn't seem thought through. Paul Giamatti did what he could with the material and his soul-less acting of Uncle Vanya is the highlight. I didn't care for the female lead, she was a cipher, and a boring one at that. Plus the cinematographer drove me crazy. The supposedly artful lack of focus woven throughout did nothing but make me want to visit an optometrist. Sundance-y in the negative.
I promised myself I wouldn't compare this to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but damn if I can't. The only way to describe it is if Eternal Sunshine and Being John Malkovich had a baby, which in turn had a baby with The Adjustment Bureau, and that baby really got into existentialism, that baby would be Cold Souls. Brilliant, innovative filmmaking with a brilliant performance by Paul Giamatti as…himself.
I always get excited when a script alone tickles me, but when it is combined with great acting then I am hooked. The script might remind you of "Being John Malkovich" and "The Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind", whereas Paul Giamatti is better than ever before undertaking the difficult task of acting with and without his soul...
The premise was good and it was a different thing than of Eternal Sunshine(can't seem to understand why there are some people consider this movie was a rip off from it), it was rather dark&humorous, and the romance was nowhere near cheesy. It's worth seeing.
I'll agree that it has a lot of similarities with eternal sunshine, but not enough to bother me. the concepts of soul swapping and memory erasing are very different, and although both protagonists end up sifting through parts of themselves and finding something they didn't expect, I think the characters themselves are so different. Besides, the world can always use another dark, existential comedy :)
is there a point for this after eternal sunshine? its only been 6 years .... its not a rip of but its so similar in its strange subject matter that the comparison seems to me unavoidable... giamatti in an interview admits to not have seen eternal sunshine ... ... maybe he should have ... david stratharim is great on it. and paul giamatti too!