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"One Day" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Based on the novel of the same name by David Nichols, "One Day" is about two people, Emma and Dexter who spend the night of July 15th 1988 together after graduating from University of Edinburgh.  The film jumps into their lives on that same day in July over the next 23 years.  Emma struggles with what she wants her life to be, working at a Mexican restaurant to get by while dreaming of writing poetry for a living. Dexter travels, parties, and sleeps with many women and has a few years of success hosting TV shows. Drugs take their toll on his wild personality. Claiming to just be friends for many years, Emma and Dexter finally realize they were meant to be together.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 48 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: VC1
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess
  • Directed by Lone Scherfig
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

One Day is a bit of an odd movie.  I started the movie up not knowing a thing about it and felt that the story telling technique of looking at the same day in July over the course of many years to be a bit jarring.  These two people meet and seemingly have no connection whatsoever, yet the shy girl fancies the attention of the handsome playboy who is really just looking for a one night stand.  Then the movie forces you to believe they really hit it off and keep in touch after that one night.  The movie quickly takes a depressing turn and doesn't offer much in the way of feeling for these characters.  I would recommend skipping this one.

Technical

The picture quality was very good with excellent colors and shadow detail.  The image had wonderful depth from start to finish.  The DTS-HD audio track had good dialog clarity, but not much in the way of an immersive sound field.

Extras

A commentary track, featurette, and some deleted scenes of which you would never want to watch.