6.21 h 30 min2010PG-13
A train accident in rural Nebraska gradually unveils a mystery involving the town's bank clerk.
Michael Lander
Elliot PageSusan SarandonCillian Murphy
English [CC]
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Josh LucasBill PullmanKeith CarradineBradley Steven PerryGraham BeckelJaimi PaigeChris CarlsonPaul CramVirginia NewcombZoe PappasTodd Thompson
Brian BellNicole BrownNeal DusedauNathan KahaneKelli KonopBarry MendelRyan O Roy
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4.4 out of 5 stars

319 global ratings

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Todd M.Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A lot of folks look but don’t see.
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In contrast to some of the negative reviews I don’t know anyone in the movies nor involved with it and if you find it “predictable” then I’m totally amazed. It’s about a person with dual personalities and, yes, it’s not hard to tell them apart but part of the movie premise depends on people who look but don’t see what’s in front of them because they’re too involved with themselves and whatever they may be doing. You actually have to pay attention to some movies to get what’s happening and this is one of them so if you’re looking for it to all play out visually you’ll likely be disappointed. It’s a slice of life drama about a disturbed person trying to find their place in it. it doesn’t end with all questions answered but that was OK for me.
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JWReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Impeccably constructed movie with the most amazing thing being the benevolent personalities of the man who ...
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Impeccably constructed movie with the most amazing thing being the benevolent personalities of the man who grew up abused by a psychopathic mother, and then on her death, another personality emerges, equally kind and empathetic; and able to function. I don't believe that would ever happen in a real life result. A lot of reasons why were left out on why the mother did what she did to Maggie. At least Emma didn't repeat the atrocity on the grandson.
8 people found this helpful
T MitchellReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not what I expected, but good.
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Not sure why there are so many haters for this film.

It was well written and well acted, I was thrown a bit at first because I didnt catch on to who "emma" was, what can I say? He is so good in the role, almost too good for me to take notice.

It was a bit of a psycho-haha logical mindf**k though. Each character doing their own thing totally independent of one another and yet aware that the other existed in some kind of quasi multi dimensional shift of consciousness. Yeah, I liked it, not Top 36 but good.
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Trevor HendersonReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing performance by Cillian Murphy
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Everything changes for John & Emma when a train car derails and almost hits his house.

Upon the death of his mother, a man psychologically damaged by his mother assumes a second persona as Emma who does all of the housework & cooking

Cillian Murphy is amazing as John & Emma and should have been at least nominated for awards.
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Butterflymom54Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hmmmm, interesting!
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Interesting vision and concept. Mr. Murphey did a great job and actually was a lovely woman until the eyebrow cutting. What a warped person after so much abuse, mostly unmentioned. Obviously this person had a breakdown playing two people in one body. Not an entertaining movie but a journey of madness for sure. This movie was quirky, dark at times. Fascinating at others. Just watch and if nothing else it was worth it to me to see an actors range of emotion and technique. He deserved an Oscar for this part in my opinion. Beware the ending just stops but one can imagine what happens next. Hopefully that girl did get where she needed to go and make a good life for her son. By the way, I think the cop figured the truth out of suspected what was going on. I recommend. One star left off because the producer, Director and writer left the viewer hanging!
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Betty ReevesReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Get your pop corn ready and pay attention.
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This is a very good movie. You might not think so in the beginning but hang in there. Interesting plot. It was nice to not see the blood, sex, cussing etc. that is the platform of so many movies.
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karenReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
a bit of a Spoiler alert...
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Extraordinary acting! I didn't understand the violence; this isn't typical with dysfunctional personality disorder (split personality), or is it?
Although, the main character's introverted behavior would indicate one should be cautious of him, yet, none of the town's people or neighbors were. This, I find odd, since; here's a man that lives in his childhood home with the curtains drawn closed all day, which, was more than just eccentric. Additionally, no one knew his mother. The actors portrayal made me question why no one seemed afraid of him because I could sense something might happen (don't want to give it away), which adds to my exceptional acting critique. The direction was also stellar, scenes did not have excessive gore or tormented flashbacks but the audience still knew what caused this mans psychosis. - Would love to hear if anyone else had the same questions.
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G. S. AllenReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Made me think about the effects of parental abuse. Why BROWN eyes?
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This film illustrates how severe emotional abuse and physical abuse from ones mother can produce startling effects. Murphy's portrayal is palpable, real disturbing because you sense that John can't help himself and everyone around him is baffled. I was left with a few questions, that I'd appreciate hearing others views posted here:

1) What was the reason the director chose to make Murphy's naturally crystal blue eyes dark brown? Did the dark contact lenses hide emotion, add to the mystery?


2) If John's disorder was so compulsive why did Emma use John's voice in the final phone call to arrange to give the money away? Seems like John would have had to do that DRESSED as John or did I miss a huge crux of the film??? Did this act demonstrate a cognitive break from his compulsion and demonstrate premeditated murder (of the bar dude)?

I look forward to hearing from my fellow Amazon movie enthusiasts!
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