Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Deliverance


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE REVIEWED: 02/08/2017

TITLE: Deliverance

FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 54 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 25.4 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6241.4 miles

SYNOPSIS: Four men go on a canoeing trip on a remote river and find the unexpected in themselves and humanity

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: People live in the wilderness because they do not conform to the norms of society. Pity the fool that stumbles across them.  I hope Ned Beatty got paid more than the rest of this cast.

PROS AND CONS:  It has been a while since I have seen this film. It was considered controversial when it came out and it is remembered more for it’s shock value than anything else.  

On this second viewing, I realized what a good film this is.  It is a male bonding film (there are no female cast members).  None of the actors are shown in close-up for the first 10 minutes of the film.  The character development in this film is fascinating, learning about each individual and how their strong beliefs are challenged by the situations they encounter kept me interested throughout the film.

This film probably has some of the best ‘death’ scenes in cinema. People don’t just pass out here and die.  The deaths are gruesome and drawn out making them even more horrific. With the exception of his turn in “Boogie Nights”, I believe that this is Burt Reynolds’ best performance.  


To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.