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"Rabbit Hole" (DVD) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

Becca and Howie Corbett (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) had their lives shattered when their 4 year old son was hit by a car after he ran into the street chasing his pet dog.  Now, eight months later, they are struggling to return their lives to normalcy.  Then one day Becca sees the driver of the car, Jason (Miles Teller).  She begins to follow him and they later start meeting up.  Becca also opens up to her mother, Nat (Dianne Wiest) who suffered a similar loss when her adult son passed away.  Meanwhile, Howie is trying to work out his feelings by attending group therapy.  The story ultimately comes down to how Becca and Howie each cope with the situation in their own unique way and will it bring them closer together or drive them apart?

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 32 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec:  MPEG-2
  • 480i
  • English 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Starring: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest
  • Directed by John Cameron Mitchell
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Mild

Commentary


Nicole Kidman as Becca garnered a ton of nominations for best actress awards for her role in this movie.  But she didn't break through and win any of these awards.  I find this to be very interesting as "Rabbit Hole" is just the type of movie that would appeal to many critics in the various associations.  Nevertheless, the nominations are an indication that she performed at her typically high level in this movie.  To a certain extent, She may have been let down by her co-star, Aaron Eckhart.  He has a generally decent performance throughout most of the movie, but his work turns a little wooden right at the moments when his character, Howie, should be at his most emotional.  I saw these parts of his portrayal as a sort of "paint by numbers" effort.  Still, the movie is well directed with an engaging screenplay.  The whole thing comes together under a cloud of a persistently grave tone to keep you interested and engaged in all the characters.  The ending was "nice", but I personally wished for a substantially different ending.

Technical

The review sample I revceived was an old-fashioned DVD so my maximum score for video or sound would be 4 stars.  As far as DVD's are concerned, this disc is above average in both categories but it does not reach the highest quality levels for the format.  I found the picture to be smooth and free of artifacts.  However, it is softer than the best DVD's with colors that tended toward the over-saturated.  The black levels are elevated as well.  The audio for its part is more than passable with good surround effects but the sound was muted at the frequency extremes.

Extras

This single disc package has three extras - an audio commentary with the Director, the Writer, and the Director of Photography; deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer.  I enjoyed the deleted scenes the most.  At a running time of 92 minutes, I found that "Rabit Hole" had fine pacing, but I felt some of the deleted scenes could well have made the cut and helped flesh out some character and plot elements without making the movie overly long.