6.21 h 30 min2010PG-13
A train accident in rural Nebraska gradually unveils a mystery involving the town's bank clerk.
Michael Lander
Cillian MurphyElliot PageSusan Sarandon
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Keith CarradineBill PullmanJosh Lucas
Barry Mendel
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4.2 out of 5 stars

344 global ratings

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prisrobReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Two Sides Of John
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What a surprising film! I had recently seen Cillian Murphy in another film, and was pleasantly surprised to find him here, double/duo in this film. What an exceptional piece of acting. Murphy plays John, a meek and mild bank teller by day and, Emma his other self, by early day.

We meet Emma as she is br8ng8ng in the wash from the clothesline , she makes a nice breakfast, lunch in a bag and dinner she puts in the fridge. Soon, we see John in his suit eat8n* this breakfast, taking his lunch, and retrieving his candy bars from the step. Off he goes to work on his bicycle. This is a daily event. He seems to be the workhorse of the bank, and he completes the work without complaint. And, then, one day, an event takes plac3v5gat changes his world. And, too, someone comes to his home.

Will the mystery unravel? What exactly is the mystery? Is this film a thriller or is it the story of a man and his opposite self?

Recommended. prisrob 06-24-18
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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!
Samantha PenigarReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
I would give this movie a million stars if that ...
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I would give this movie a million stars if that was available. SPOILER ALLERT! Anyone reading my review and are not familiar with this movie I bet of you to please do not watch the trailer. I did watch the trailer and I am very sorry I did. It did influence my decision to buy it. I knew I had to own it. This movie completely went under the radar for a lot of people. A friend told me about it. I could not wait to call him to rave about the movie. I told another friend. She saw and could not wait to call me to rave about it. SPOILER ALLERT! PLEASE, PLEASE do not research this movie before watching it. Go on blind faith and my review. The friend I told I begged her not to see the trailer. After she saw the movie she and I decided to look up the lead actor and was floored to learn who he is. This actor should have gotten an Golden Globe, Oscar and every other film awards. Susan Sarandon is in the film and that is all I can and will say. How the Academy of Films and Motion Pictures and the Hollywood foreign Press Association let this slip through the cracks is a travesty. A real must see film. When you do your will telling your friends, but please make sure you inform then of that which would be a SPOILER as I have done so here.
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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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PeachyPatReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A brother and sister are both victims of a terrible mother
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I thought this movie was very interesting and worth while. Cillian Murphy is one of my favorite actors and he did a super job in this film. The supporting cast did a fine job as well. It was great to see Susan Sarandon in an understated role. The story is a bit slow at times, but I find that movies of this type usually are. I think the writer and director want to make sure you follow what is happening so the action is slowed down so you can catch the clues that are given out. I like the ending because it did not close the story. Have to wonder how long Cillian's character can go on with two lives. He seemed near the breaking point at the finish to the film. If you like psychological stories I think you will enjoy it. Added attraction is no cussing and no blood shed. How did they ever get this movie made?
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keri oReviewed in the United States on July 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Only uneducated people would rate this lower than a 5! Simply a masterpiece. Piercing on a soul level, simply genius. Powerfull
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The "creepy" fear that people endure living with, even after they escape abuse is captured artfully and cuttingly. This movie hits the hearts of watchers in a way that words do not seem to be able to do justice too. If any review is low--it's because most likely that person has no ability to grasp things on a deep visceral level. In my opinion this movie haunts one's soul just as much a learning about genocide. The all consuming helplessness and resignation to living a life of terror is given embodiment in this film. John had to die to continue living in that house. He was not ever safe there. Emma was the "split" that was necessary to tolerate staying there, in that home which contained such damning memories. It sounds like an entire life of brute torture was all John knew. Stunning, is all I have to say. Why didn't this get nominations? One of the best movies I have ever watched in it's ability to portray PTSD and "splitting". I am feeling feelings that I haven't felt since I read A Child Called It. I almost am nauseated from the particular brand of sadness given rise in this film. Simply remarkable.
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TulliaReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible Outstanding Film
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Cillian Murphy is superb as John/Emma in this incredible movie.

John assumes the persona of Emma after having been abused by his mother, now deceased. He now lives alone in a huge, rambling house in which Emma, his other self, does all the cooking and cleaning for him. She even leaves him notes when she packs his lunch for him to take to work.

One day a train derails and crashes into John's yard, and his life is turned upside down. His boss, his neighbors and some of the townspeople try to help him. John's boss, played by Keith Carradine, who is running for political office, wants to use the opportunity to have a rally at John's house with the wrecked train in John's backyard, which John is opposed to. However, Emma seems to be amenable to this. How Emma resolves the tension and conflict is incredible.

The cast is outstanding. I enthusiastically recommend this film.
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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