Uncertainty Stumbles on Half Baked Existentialism


Directed by David Siegel and Scott McGehee
IFC Films
Opens November 13, IFC Center

Two lovers named Bobby and Kate, played by the pretty but baffled-looking Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lynn Collins, loiter on the Brooklyn Bridge on a hot July 4 to argue about whether there's a baby in their future. They flip a coin, then blunder their way through two parallel fantasies exploring their dilemma. A wan domestic drama about the undercurrents of discontent and regret in Kate's close Argentine family is intercut with an aimless action thriller involving the couple stumbling on a lost cell phone, countless conversations with "Dmitri," a mystery-man with a dark-brown voice, and even more chase sequences running across Chinatown with an impassive Asian in hot pursuit. In principle, I like to see control freaks like David Siegel and Scott McGehee let down their hair. In practice, the talents of this long-time directing duo lend themselves far more to high-concept endeavors like the excellent The Deep End than to this heavily improvised waffle, shot with a handheld camera to underscore its open-endedness. The result is some nice atmospherics tethered to a cripplingly half-baked existentialism. "I guess we just keep going," murmurs Kate—or is it Bobby?—toward the end. Uncertainty feels like what it is, an off-the-cuff diversion from a bigger project that wasn't proceeding as planned.


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