[VIDEO REVIEWS]'Bagger Vance' Doesn't Break ParNew video releases reviewed this week are "The Legend of Bagger Vance," "Where the Money Is" and "Antitrust."
THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE (2000) － "Baegabeonseu-eui Jeonseol" in Korean
Directed by Robert Redford. Starring Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron.
The best sports films elevate the game to a spiritual level with just the right touch of emotion, nostalgia and sometimes tragedy. "Bagger Vance" goes through the motions, but is only skin deep.
Rannulph Junuh (Damon) is a rising golf star, the Tiger Woods of his era, when he leaves to fight World War I. He returns a bitter drunk, devastated by the trauma of the war. He rejects society, golf and his former wife-to-be Adele Invergordon (Theron).
Meanwhile, Adele is fighting to keep her late father's golf resort from being taken over by creditors. She needs Rannulph to snap out of his depression to play in a 36-hole golf tournament. The prize money would save the resort.
Rannulph is convinced he has lost his swing, but the appearance of mysterious caddie Bagger Vance (Smith) stokes his self-confidence.
WHERE THE MONEY IS (2000)
Directed by Marek Kanievska. Starring Paul Newman, Linda Fiorentino and Dermot Mulroney.
Paul Newman returns to the screen to star as Henry, an aging bank robber. He's no longer glorying in robbing banks, but instead is rotting in jail. He is all but left incapacitated by a stroke, and is transferred to a nursing home.
Carol Ann (Fiorentino) is a nurse at the ward who is bored with her marriage to Wayne (Mulroney). She becomes convinced Henry is hiding something and uncovers the truth － not only has Henry faked the stroke, he has mastered mind control. Henry has been waiting to pick up the loot from an old bank heist and flee the country.
Carol blackmails him into teaching her mind control so she, Wayne and Henry can pull off another robbery.
ANTITRUST (2001) ?"Password" in Korean
Directed by Peter Howitt. Starring Ryan Phillippe, Yee Jee Tso, Claire Forlani, Rachael Leigh Cook and Tim Robbins.
Milo (Phillippe), a genius software designer, and his friend Teddy (Tso) have just graduated from Stanford. The two are poised to shake up the world with an Internet start-up. But when a software magnate Gary Winston (Robbins) of NURV, the largest software company in the world, comes calling, Milo leaves Teddy behind.
Milo and his girlfriend (Forlani) move to NURV's headquarters in Portland, Ore., where he starts working on SYNAPSE, a new technology that will provide people with instant visual, aural and textual interfaces from anywhere in the world. But he soon senses that Gary is not the friendly guy he thought he was. He enlists the help of a coworker, Lisa (Cook), and sets out to discover the truth.
by Joe Yong-hee