DVD - 2011
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MPAA rating: rated R ; for language.
"A pair of best friends, who've nicknamed each other 'Gerry', set out on a desert hike. But what begins as a simple daytime adventure turns into an intense life-and-death journey that will test the strength of human endurance and ultimately their friendship." -- container.
Publisher: [United States] : Echo Bridge Home Entertainment ; c2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 30, 2017

Not just boring, but a plotless waste of time. It really stunk.

May 12, 2015

Sorry Van Sant. I made it through 45 minutes. This was really a stupid waste of film and money.

Apr 06, 2014

Godawful. I disliked this movie back in March 2003 when it ran theatrically. Eleven years later, it is worse, much worse than I remembered. Some of the desert scenery is fetching, and the violin/piano duets by Arvo Part on the soundtrack are apt aurally, but the acting, screenwriting, directing, and basic premise are dreadful.

voisjoe1 Apr 14, 2013

Matt Damon and Casey Affleck play two young men on a hiking trip along a wilderness trail, but the trip becomes a disaster when they wander off the trail and get lost in mountains and eventually on the salt flats of the Great Salt Lake. Loosely based on a true event, the two act quite lackadaisical about their situation for the first 50 minutes of the movie, joking back and forth using the slang term Gerry, which means “screwed up.” But then the mood turns to depression, then to hallucination, and then to desperation. Not only are they off the simple hiking trail, they become completely surrounded by some to the Rocky Mountains obviously completely and unbelievably off from their planned simple hike. For one thing, the two did not even carry one water bottle, canteen, or even any food whatsoever. Great shots of these two tiny wanderers juxtaposed against the immensity of the skyline and the mountains and valleys in which they seem hopelessly trapped.

Jun 07, 2012

This is a fantastic, yet very cerebral, film. It is psychological cinema at its finest, with the landscape as a foreign body as visually compelling and threatening as any alien horror monster, also serving as the organic creator of tension between the two lost young men who ceaselessly run through it, trying desperately to end up somewhere other than where they are... perpetually lost and unavoidably at odds with each other.

There are no explanations or backstories here. It is a leap of faith to watch and experience with the two men, and to be as transfigured. Not for the faint of heart. If you love "cinema", you will love this film.

thebookguy Apr 06, 2012

Very, very weird. Works as a gorgeous poetic National Geographic meditation on the utter indifference of the desert (and nature) to human presence but never seems to make clear a metaphor for us humans. For hard-core art film buffs ONLY.

DARRENF Mar 28, 2012

One expects a lot more from everyone involved in this movie. Dialog seems ad libbed,and awkward ( and very sparse). A real disappointment. Would not recomend to anyone.

Jan 13, 2010

long drawn out and not very interesting...


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