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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Fearless

"You told me I was going to be safe with you."
--"You're safe. You're safe because we died already."
Some people define fear as a voluntary inhibition to do something. Others may classify fear as an inherent objection to handle something. Max Klein defines fear as the box you put yourself in when your soul refuses to move forward in the 1993 movie Fearless. Starring Jeff Bridges and Rosie Perez in an Oscar-nominated role, Fearless follows two people who've each lost something in a horrible plane crash. For Carla, played by Perez, she lost her infant son. For Max, played by Bridges, he lost his fear. Both found each other in their time of vulnerability but not without losing a little bit of themselves in the process.
Max, once horrified of flying, loses all fear and miraculously escapes the crash with not even a scratch, and even manages to grab a couple of other survivors from the plane just before it explodes. With that, he's instantly deemed a hero before he even realizes what he's done. This in turn propels him to face other lifelong fears he's had head on, causes him to lose all invulnerability.
Klein finds Carla, who's been crippled by her own fear to live without her son, and teaches her to live again. But what Max doesn't realize is that he's gotten so high on his newfound invincibility that he's lost what sensibly made him human--the ability to feel, to love and to come back down to earth again.
Both Bridges and Perez are exceptional in this movie that explores the stages of fear and what two people did to overcome them.

Fearless is available on DVD.

My rating: A-

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