Allie Fox, an inventor, embittered by the blighted landscape of the contemporary United States, moves his wife and kids to the rain forests of Central America, where he plans to create a new civilization starting with his own nuclear family
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As terrifying and megalomaniac as characters like Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald from "Fitzcarraldo" or Daniel Plainview in "There Will Be Blood", Harrison Ford plays Allie Fox with perhaps even more subtlety. For instance, we all know Ford too well as a well-intended charismatic figure. Weir delivers a captivating study of paranoia, ambition, faith and questions how far can we trust someone we love.
I thought this was pretty impressive, especially Ford's performance. The sets were fantastic as well as the cinematography and the story pretty interesting. Could have been about 20 minutes shorter however.
A good performance for Ford, standing out from his usual stand-up guy roles, yet it just doesn't grab as much as other stories from Weir or Schrader. It feels more like a tracing than an actual portrayal of a man going down, down, down.
Right now Francis, someone in America is pushing an electric squeezer down a garbage disposal and saying it's busted. Somebody else is opening a can of chocolate-flavored soup 'cause the car wouldn't start, to eat out - they really wanted a cheeseburger.