Proof of Life has
lots of slow dialog that goes on too long and is not terribly
interesting. Then it quickly changes back to action scenes to
hold your attention.
I found the topic interesting, with just
enough romance to satisfy.
The acting and supporting roles are done
well, and the cinematography is full of interesting camera angles
and natural beauty.
So, the slow parts didn't keep me from
saying, "Scissors up!"
This overly long adventure-drama proves
that an off-screen romance doesn't necessarily mean on-screen
chemistry, as the totally miscast Meg Ryan searches high and
low for her kidnapped husband, aided by hostage negotiator Russell
Good camera work and exotic locales are
wasted on an uneven story that focuses on the wrong characters.
The problem that I have with Proof of
Life is that the main story is consigned or committed to
sub-plot status, while the less-intriguing side of the story
takes center stage.
This mixture of drama and romance never
finds the proper balance (in my view).
This film has great cinematography, but
the impressive look cannot fully compensate for the uneven and
partially involving nature of the overall story.
The action sequence in the last 30 minutes
offers an exciting climax, but the story takes too long to get
to this point.
The romance or low-key love story is resolved
in a careless, manner. I found this dissatisfying.